The Fort St. John Big Brothers Big Sisters is holding their annual Rooftop Challenge on top of the North Peace Leisure Pool.The Challenge is put on to raise public awareness of the organization and to recruit new volunteers, says Executive Director Danielle Armstrong. – Advertisement -This year’s Challenge – sponsored by Terra Energy Corporation – will allow the organization to raise awareness of the various programs it offers for children in the community, including help with sports funding.[asset|aid=3172|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3d58b17bb03370335d0a41db24f708c5-Armstrong – Rooftop Challenge 1_1_Pub.mp3] She says the challenge will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday and participants will be staying on the roof throughout the day and overnight until 3 p.m. Friday or until the organization gets between 20 and 25 volunteer inquiries.As an added incentive for residents, the organization will also be sponsoring a free family and public swim from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday evening.Advertisement
HERE’S a message for the people of Van Nuys who are in the path of proposed Elementary School 14: Be wary of school officials’ claims about needing new schools. Very wary. The Los Angeles Unified School District has long-term plans to build a new elementary school off Vanowen Street, where several houses now stand. The residents, as you might expect, are a little concerned about that, even though it’s years in the future. Imagine how they might feel if they knew the district didn’t really need the new school. More than one neighborhood has already experienced that, and some are questioning the logic behind the LAUSD’s massive building program. The school district has more than $15 billion of bond money to spend – money that you and I generously donate through our property-tax bills twice a year. While the building spree has produced some truly attractive, not to mention desperately needed, campuses, not all of the projects seem to be in the best interests of their respective communities. It’s almost as if school officials are committed to the overall master-building plans and are damn sure not going to let little things like facts, changing demographics or community opposition get in their way. Case in point is LAUSD site 9A, an unlovely name for what is now an extremely unlovely city block. Site 9A is how the LAUSD refers to the one-block area just south of Sunset Boulevard and west of Alvarado Boulevard in Echo Park, one of L.A’s oldest neighborhoods, where it wants to build an elementary school. But the LAUSD ran into stiff opposition by residents and community activists who didn’t want to see the historic neighborhood bulldozed. Even City Council President Eric Garcetti, who represents the 9A area, asked the district to find another site. LAUSD officials didn’t listen and pressed ahead. They condemned the homes of 200 people – some of whom had lived for generations in their old homes. LAUSD officials did this with full enmity of the community and despite the fact that even their own figures show that enrollment has been dropping – not just districtwide, but also at the nearest neighborhood school, Logan Elementary, which has lost more than 500 students in five years. This is in no small part due to the fact that Echo Park is gentrifying in a manner similar to what neighboring Silver Lake went through a decade ago. What that means, besides higher property values and hip coffee joints, is a declining kid population. Yuppies and hipsters have fewer babies than poor immigrants. That’s not a judgment; it’s a fact. However, this fact didn’t deter the LAUSD one bit. So opponents instead took the district to court on the basis of an environmental impact report. In December, a judge ruled against the district in a surprising but bittersweet victory. The hope is that after the court smackdown, the LAUSD will finally drop plans for 9A forever and allow those who want to – and can – to buy their homes back, less the cost of depreciation from sitting empty so long. Meanwhile, the condemned homes sit vacant, making a virtual ghost town out of what was a once-vibrant community of middle-class families – families that might have been served by that school. Residents in Granada Hills are currently living through another version of Site 9A. The district is hellbent on building a new high school on the site of the vacant Granada Hills Community Hospital, despite community hope that someday a hospital might return. Besides, doesn’t the district already have a half-dozen vacant campuses in the West Valley? What’s more, the LAUSD’s total enrollment continues to drop by thousands every year. This year, K-12 enrollment is down to 708,461 from 746,610 in 2003. That’s a decline of more than 38,000 students. Who can estimate how much more those numbers might drop by the time the LAUSD has evicted residents of 22 homes and built Van Nuys Elementary School 14? The moral of this story is that the district’s building plans aren’t necessarily in the best interests of every community. Of course, the LAUSD still needs to build schools, but it also needs to be flexible enough to be both relevant and welcome in each neighborhood. A lawsuit and a bitter community are no way to start a new-school relationship. But this story is also a message of hope. The LAUSD might be an intimidatingly huge bureaucracy with a tendency to marginalize community members, but it doesn’t always get its way. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 QPR have made their first summer signing by bringing in Rio Ferdinand on a free transfer.The veteran defender, 35, has agreed a one-year deal, following his release from Manchester United at the end of last season.The former England captain, who tweeted earlier today that he had passed his medical, told the club’s official website: “I used to sit in the Loft – my Dad used bring me here as a young boy. QPR was the first professional club to ever sign me.“There are great memories for me here – for my family. Anton had nothing but good things to say about QPR and I watched Les [Ferdinand] here as a boy, with the likes of Ray Wilkins, Clive Wilson, David Bardsley and Alan McDonald.”The ex-Leeds centre-back added: “I spoke to Harry [Redknapp] and Mr Fernandes [QPR owner] at length. I think they both looked me in the eye and knew that I still have something to offer – that I had a genuine desire to come here and play football.“I had a lot of offers from all over the world – some in places with a better climate than here. But the draw for me was to play in the Premier League and back here where it all started.“It’s not about money – I had loads of more lucrative offers available to me. I still feel I’ve got something to offer and I’m excited about helping this club cement its place in the Premier League.”Ferdinand’s move to Loftus Road reunites him with former boss Harry Redknapp, who famously nurtured his talents as a youngster at West Ham.And the Hoops boss could not hide his delight as he told the club’s website: “I really couldn’t be more pleased. Rio’s a fantastic player and a great professional – I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him here.“I signed Rio as a 14 year-old. He was class on the field and off the field then, and he’s continued in that manner throughout his career.”Redknapp added: “During his time at Manchester United, he was the best defender in Europe, if not the world“To bring him to QPR – when he’s still got so much to offer in terms of his quality, class, experience and know-how – is a remarkable coup for the club.” New QPR defender Rio Ferdinand
KILDARE’S cynical attempts to influence the referee ahead of Saturday’s clash with Donegal backfired spectacularly – when it was Kildare who were guilty of cynical fouling.In this video Donegal manager Jim McGuinness tells the Sunday Game what he thinks of it – with a response from Kieran McGeeney…and the RTE panel. What do you think? You can leave your comment below.DDTV: WATCH VIDEO OF McGUINNESS V McGEENEY IN CYNICAL FOULS ROW was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal v kildareJim McGuinnessmcgeeney
Well done to Darragh Black who made his Donegal debut at the weekend in the 1-6 to 2-14 defeat to Cavan in the McKenna Cup.Darragh becomes the first clubman to play for Donegal since Caolan McGettigan featured against Derry in the 2009 McKenna Cup. Cathal McGettigan was also in action as his Sligo IT side were beat 1-21 to 1-15 by Mayo in the FBD League, with Cathal scoring 0-1 from corner forward.The Minor Board are holding another Last Man Standing competition for the 2017 Allianz League this year. There is €200 to be won with €10 entry. Forms will be available from any member of the Minor Board in the coming days and also online via the clubs Facebook page. You can also enter online using paypal, simply use your paypal account to send your entry fee and selections to email@example.com This weeks lotto numbers were 3-4-14-22. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners, win €35 each. Seamus Durkan and Charlie Barrett. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,860Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car. Milford GAA: Darragh Black makes Donegal senior debut against Cavan was last modified: January 17th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Rangers finally get their man as Liverpool agree to £7m sale ALMOST Vinnie Jones: What I would have done to Scott Brown after Old Firm wind-up antics Most read in Scottish football Karamoko Dembele ‘chooses’ who he will play for internationally NOT HAPPY WAT ABOUT THAT The debate over which Old Firm club is biggest has finally been settled with almost 82 per cent of the votes in a talkSPORT.com poll saying Rangers are bigger than Celtic.We published the poll earlier this week in the build up to the first derby of the season, asking fans to decide which of Celtic or Rangers are the bigger club.And the result has been resounding, with 81.5 per cent of voters calling the Gers the biggest side. McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso decision LANGUAGE BARRIER kent bound fear NO MOR 2 Gerrard experiences his first Old Firm derby on Sunday I told Rangers to beat Spurs to Luka Modric signing, reveals Ally McCoist Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Rangers won’t be forced to sell star striker in January, Ibrox chief claims Rangers team up with hummel UK to launch eco-friendly ZEROH2O kit scrap ‘I think it’s careless’ – Gerrard takes aim at Scotland for Jack injury The derby, which kicks-off at midday on Sunday, pits Steven Gerrard against his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who has yet to taste defeat against Celtic’s Old Firm rivals. ‘IT’S ON’ 2 The Hoops are three points behind early pace-setters Hearts in the Scottish Premiership, with Rangers one point further behind having won just one and drawn two of their three league matches so far.However, hopes are high that the Ibrox club could end their derby hoodoo after a bright start to the season which sees Gerrard remain undefeated in his first ever managerial job. In fact, former Celtic manager John Barnes believes Rangers will close the gap on the Hoops this season, telling talkSPORT ‘disharmony’ at Parkhead has affected the club.
Donegal County Council is backing plans to make a Letterkenny Airstrip one of the busiest in the country.Stevenson’s Airfield has long been touted as becoming a recognised airport.However the committee who run the airstrip have now abandoned plans to make it a commercial airport. Instead, after a meeting last week with County Manager Seamus Neely, the airstrip committee are pressing ahead with alternative plans.The plan will see a major development of the airstrip to accommodate light aircraft from across the country.County Manager Neely will now sit down with his planners to see what needs to be done to make the airstrip more attractive.Mac Bowden of Stevenson’s Airstrip said he was hugely encouraged by the County Manager’s positive attitude towards the project. “We do not want to turn Stevenson’s Airfield into a commercial airport – it’s simply not viable.“But we can put the plans in place to make it an attractive airstrip where planes can come and stay in storage if need be.“The new County Manager was kind enough to give us a meeting and he was nothing but positive about the project.“He said he would speak with his planners and come back to us for another meeting.“He said he will investigate everything he can do for us and we left that meeting with a new sense of optimism,” he said. Well-known pilot Mac added that the development of the airstrip for light aircraft will open up a huge tourism opportunity for Letterkenny and for Donegal.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com DONEGAL AIRSTRIP PREPARES FOR TAKE-OFF FOR MAJOR DEVELOPMENT was last modified: January 12th, 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:Mac BowdenStevenson’s Airfield
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Prince Charles and his new wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wrapped up their visit to the United States on Tuesday by touring a homeless shelter. Charles and Camilla visited rooms at the Empress Hotel, which is part of the city’s Direct Access to Housing Program, and later had a round-table discussion with Mayor Gavin Newsom, and city and hotel staff. “He’s a very charming person,” said Rene McIntyre, 48, a former music teacher who was one of the people visited by the royal couple. “I think he understood and he put me at ease. I think he really wanted to hear the personal side of the homeless issue.” Residents and city officials were impressed with Charles’ grasp of and interest in the problems of homelessness. Former San Francisco Supervisor Angela Alioto, who worked on the city’s 10-year plan to combat homelessness, saw the visit as a sort of milestone. “If you had told anyone two years ago that Gavin Newsom and Angela Alioto and the Prince of Wales would be standing in a successful, supportive housing program in San Francisco, no one in a million years would have believed you,” Alioto said after the visit. “That’s what you call a city working together for serious results in a human crisis situation.” Their royal couple’s trip also included stops in New York, Washington and New Orleans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
No-one is safe when Donegal’s youngest gardaí are on duty – not even Santa’s elves!Donegal’s three Little Blue Heroes had a busy day yesterday carrying out pre-Christmas inspections at Letterkenny Garda Station with the help of Mrs Brown’s Boys star Danny O’Carroll.The Little Blue Heroes with Danny O’Carroll, Santa and his elf at Letterkenny Garda Station – Photo: Garda Siochana DonegalAnd there was plenty of merriment and divilment with Garda Jack Beattie from Raphoe, Garda Ray Campbell from Bridgend and Garda Michael ‘Birdie’ Mc Laughlin from the Frosses working together. Actor Danny O’Carroll (who plays bad boy Buster in Mrs Brown’s Boys) and Letterkenny Chamber President Jimmy Stafford joined the fun – adding even more mischief to the party!Brilliant from @BbMrsbrownsboys today @GardaTraffic #Letterkenny event for @LilBlueHeroes well done Letterkenny Gardai , such wonderful kids @tnaf32 @eunaneunie @lkchamber @LkPresident pic.twitter.com/Uhz7yW0kAS— Jimmy Stafford (@JimmystaffordDJ) December 17, 2019The three special boys have been welcomed onto the force under the ‘Little Blue Heroes’ charity project to bring some youthful expertise to the district and to ensure Donegal is safe for Santa and his reindeer this Christmas.Santa himself arrived in Letterkenny to outline his Christmas Eve plans, but his elf colleague turned out to be a ‘Rebel without a Claus’! Garda Beattie, Garda Campbell and Garda McLaughlin sprung to action when investigations revealed that the elf had stolen Santa’s driving licence. Thankfully, thanks to their training, the boys successfully handcuffed the elf with the help of Danny.Elf arrest! Photo: Garda Siochana DonegalGardaí took the visit as an opportunity to present a cheque of over €2,000 to the Little Blue Heroes Foundation. A presentation was made by retired Superintendent O Brien to the Little Blue Heroes on behalf of the retired members association. A presentation on behalf of Sarah’s gift and Ma’s on a Mission was also made at the party.Garda Jack helps with the presentation Letterkenny Garda Station – Photo: Garda Siochana DonegalA great day was enjoyed by the little gardaí, family friends and local community members.And children across Donegal will sleep well on Christmas Eve knowing that three young gardaí are keeping an eye on the skies.Garda Michael Garda Ray Campbell at Letterkenny Garda Station – Photo: Garda Siochana DonegalGarda Jack Beattie at Letterkenny Garda Station – Photo: Garda Siochana DonegalLittle Blue Heroes is a charity established by Garda staff which aims to support local Gardaí in providing financial assistance to families in need in their local communities who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for critical illness.The foundation also aims to provide Garda themed distraction toys, activity books, and children’s events (e.g. Garda for a Day or Special Garda Open Days) for the children they support. To find out more or to donate, visit www.littleblueheroes.org Danny’s little garda helpers ‘bust’ out the Christmas cheer! was last modified: December 18th, 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:Danny O’CarrollLetterkenny Garda stationlittel blue heroesMrs Brown’s Boys
Microsoft is adding support for NFC (near field communication) to its Windows Phone mobile operating system, according to a report citing unnamed sources over on Bloomberg Businessweek. NFC technology, which allows for short-range wireless communication between two devices for the purpose of data exchange, is a key component to the upcoming mobile payment and mobile wallet systems now reportedly under development at Google, RIM and Apple as well as the new carrier-led initiative Isis, a coalition of three of the four major cellular providers here in the U.S.Support for NFC technology in Windows Phone 7 will be released via an update to Microsoft’s mobile operating system, sources told Bloomberg reporters. Those updates may arrive sometime this year.Bloomberg says that the addition of NFC is an effort to close the gap between Microsoft and Google, the latter which is currently the leading smartphone platform here in the U.S., and, according to at least oneanalyst firm, worldwide.Google’s Android mobile operating system added in NFC support in the release code-named Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and has incrementally added new capabilities since then to broaden its feature set. In February 2011, for example, an update delivered the ability to both read and write to standard NFC tags, whereas before the NFC support was read-only.The ability for data to flow both ways is critical for mobile payments initiatives such as the one Google is reportedly working on with partners Citigroup and MasterCard.The Bloomberg report doesn’t say whether Microsoft will follow Google’s lead, rolling out crippled NFC support to Windows Phone 7 at first, then gradually updating the software through additional software releases. It’s possible that, when added, Microsoft will offer full read/write NFC support from the very start.Microsoft’s newest partner Nokia, which will launch its own Windows Phone devices sometime in Q1 2012, or possibly Q4 2011, has been a longtime player in the NFC market, offering a variety of handsets that allow for this capability. Nokia has also promised that all its Symbian-based phones introduced this year will include NFC support by default. Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#news#NYT#web Related Posts sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …