Fort St. John RCMP holding information sessions on Auxiliary Constable Program

first_imgFort St. John RCMP is looking for volunteers to take part in the Auxiliary Constable Program. Mandatory information sessions are coming up for those that would like to participate.Corporal Jodi Shelkie said, “We are looking for individuals with an interest in making our community a safer place for families, businesses, visitors and citizens. Auxiliaries come from many different backgrounds, but they all have the same goal in mind – to make Fort St. John a safer place.”Auxiliary constables will be tasked with assisting officers in crime prevention programs, and assisting officers in the field in a variety of situations. Constables will complete a training program that consists of classroom, and practical instruction.- Advertisement -The information sessions will be held at Northern Lights College on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m.For more information on the program you can call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100.last_img read more

Chinese FA warns clubs over Aubameyang ‘bidding war’

first_imgThe CFA last year introduced a 100 percent tax on incoming foreign transfers in an effort to encourage Chinese clubs to invest on local youth players, but media reports suggest both clubs are prepared to either incur the penalty or find a way to circumvent it.Evergrande denied they were pursuing Aubameyang — without explicitly naming him — but that was not before the CFA made plain its anger.The CFA too did not name the striker but made a clear reference to the 28-year-old and Evergrande and Guoan.“The news of two clubs suspected of engaging in a bidding war on a transfer has caused social concern,” it said in a statement, adding that it had asked them to explain.“In the next step of the investigation, if any violations are found, the Chinese FA will handle this seriously according to law and regulation.”Stressing that the 100 percent surcharge was applicable in the current winter transfer window and in the year ahead, the CFA warned: “We will watch closely every club’s transfer movement in the new season and increase scrutiny.“The Chinese FA will seriously investigate and will not tolerate any violation or any loophole-exploiting behaviour.”The hard-hitting missive is the latest salvo in the Chinese government’s war on “irrational” overseas investments — a word also used in the CFA statement — as football authorities attempt to rein in CSL clubs who have shelled out record amounts for foreign stars.A year ago, Shanghai SIPG smashed the Asian transfer record to sign Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Oscar for 60 million euros.However, with the 100 percent levy in place last summer, Tianjin Quanjian secured French striker Anthony Modeste from Cologne on a two-year loan deal, rather than buying him outright.Dortmund have dismissed the Aubameyang transfer talk as speculation, but Chinese media has been filled for several days with multiple reports that a deal has been reached for him to move to Fabio Cannavaro’s Evergrande after the Bundesliga season.Soon after the CFA statement, Evergrande hit out at “the purely fictitious” reports and threatened legal action.“We will, as we always have, strictly follow the FA’s regulations on transfers,” the club said.“We reserve our legal right to pursue those responsible for the inaccurate reports.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chinese media have been filled for days with reports that a deal has been reached for Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to move to Fabio Cannavaro’s Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande after the Bundesliga season © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLSHANGHAI, China, Jan 9 – China’s football association (CFA) warned Tuesday that it would punish teams who flout its transfer rules, following reports two clubs are battling to sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande are reportedly prepared to pay at least 70 million euros for the Borussia Dortmund attacker, trumping an offer by rivals Beijing Guoan.last_img read more

‘Brendan Rodgers is drunk’ – Fans react to Liverpool’s £10m bid for Nathaniel Clyne

first_img Nathaniel Clyne scores against Liverpool 1 Liverpool have had a £10million bid for Nathaniel Clyne rejected by Southampton.The England international has been the talk of the transfer window, with reports suggesting Manchester United would make a move for the right-back.Clyne has just one year left on his contract at St Mary’s stadium but after a great season, which saw him earn an England call up, the 24 year-old is in high demand.Below, see the reaction from Premier League fans after Liverpool’s derisory bid.last_img

Blues ‘to meet Guardiola’s brother tomorrow’ as Di Matteo is linked with Villa

first_imgChelsea chiefs will meet with Pep Guardiola’s brother on Monday and believe they can tempt the former Barcelona boss to take over at Stamford Bridge, according to The People.It is claimed that the club will tell Guardiola he would be under no pressure to win trophies during his first two seasons in charge.Meanwhile, Roberto Di Matteo is a front runner for the Aston Villa manager’s job, the Sunday Mirror say.Abramovich is tipped to overlook Di Matteo.There has been speculation that the Italian, who has a house in the Midlands following his spell as West Brom boss, is interested in taking over at Villa because of the uncertainty surrounding his future at Chelsea.It is claimed that there is now a strong possibility that he will succeed the sacked Alex McLeish.The Sunday Mirror also suggest that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is determined to appoint Guardiola even if he has to wait a year, and that Ryan Bertrand is in line for a new contract.Click here for Sunday’s Chelsea quizShould Di Matteo be given the Chelsea job? Click here to voteSee also: Newton in the dark over Chelsea futureDi Matteo and Newton must stay, says former Chelsea manFollow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

New rapid test for TB welcomed

first_imgWelcoming the approval of the rapid test, MRC Acting President Dr Ali Dhansay noted that the test also allows for testing for resistance of the organism to one of the frontline TB drugs. Though there have been major improvements in TB care and control, about 1.7-million people worldwide were killed by TB in 2009, with 9.4-million people developing active TB. Reduced prices for 116 countries Major milestone Evidence to date indicates that implementation of the test could result in a three-fold increase in the diagnosis of patients with MDR-TB and a doubling in the number of HIV-associated TB cases diagnosed in areas with high rates of TB and HIV. Roscigno noted that preferential pricing would be granted to 116 low- and middle-income countries where TB is endemic, with additional reductions in price once there was significant volume of demand. 9 December 2010 “It also represents new hope for the millions of people who are at the highest risk of TB and drug-resistant disease. We have the scientific evidence, we have defined the policy, and now we aim to support implementation for impact in countries,” said Raviglione. Testing for resistance The organisation has called for the fully automated NAAT to be rolled out under clearly defined conditions and as part of national plans for TB and MDR-TB care and control. WHO Stop TB Department Director Dr Mario Raviglione said the new test represented a major milestone for global TB diagnosis and care.center_img The WHO is also releasing recommendations and guidelines for countries to incorporate the test in their programmes, including testing protocols to optimise the use and benefits of the new technology in those persons where it is needed most. Endorsement of the fully automated Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) by the World Health Organisation (WHO) followed 18 months of rigorous assessment of its field effectiveness in the early diagnosis of TB. Policy and operational guidance are also being issued based on findings from a series of expert reviews and a global consultation held in Geneva last week, attended by more than 100 representatives from national programmes, development aid agencies and international partners. The South African Medical Research Council (MRC) has welcomed the approval of a new rapid test for tuberculosis (TB) that could revolutionise TB care and control. The test provides an accurate diagnosis in about 100 minutes, compared to current tests that take up to three months. Foundation for Innovative and New Diagnostics (FIND) CEO Dr Giorgio Roscigno announced that the foundation had negotiated with the manufacturer, Cepheid, for a 75% reduction in the current market price for countries most affected by TB. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material He said, however, that the “gold standard” of TB culture remained, since the new test did not reveal sensitivity to other TB drugs. Its effectiveness has also been tested in cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) and TB complicated by HIV infection, which are more difficult to diagnose. “The new test will certainly increase access to treatment and dramatically decrease treatment time for our patients, especially those with HIV co-infection,” said Dhansay. “We are also pleased that the issue of cost has been factored in. Once the test is implemented, the cost-benefit will have to be evaluated.”last_img read more

USDA announces $252 million available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack invited potential conservation partners, including private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts, and universities to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).Through this fourth RCPP Announcement for Program Funding (APF), USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds.“Through unprecedented collaboration, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program has established a new paradigm for working lands conservation that yields unparalleled results,” Vilsack said. “Working together, RCPP projects in every state are demonstrating the ways in which locally-led initiatives can meet some of our most pressing natural resource concerns.”Created by the 2014 Farm Bill, RCPP connects partners with producers and private landowners to design and implement voluntary conservation solutions that benefit natural resources, agriculture, and the economy. By 2018, NRCS and its more than 2,000 conservation partners will have invested at least $2.4 billion in high-impact RCPP projects nationwide.For example, three existing RCPP projects bring together more than 40 partners, including USA Rice, Ducks Unlimited, California Rice Commission, the Walmart Foundation and The Mosaic Company, to accelerate conservation on rice lands in six states facing water quality and quantity challenges. These projects, collectively called the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership, aim to conserve water and wildlife habitat while sustaining the future of rice farming in the United States. With unique technical expertise and needs, each state is leading a partner-driven, local approach to conservation in rice agriculture.In its most recent RCPP awards, NRCS last month announced that 88 high-impact projects across the country will receive $225 million in federal funding, with more than double that investment from partners. The new Gulf of Mexico — Forest to Sea RCPP project will conserve Florida’s pristine “Big Bend” area along the northeastern Gulf by implementing innovative conservation solutions with private working forest owners. Using an impact investment approach, The Conservation Fund and 12 partners will implement an easement and restoration plan on large forested tracts to address the natural resource concerns while allowing sustainable timber harvesting and maintaining local jobs. The project will serve as a model for further conservation and impact investing in the region and beyond.NRCS Chief Jason Weller encourages partners to consider conservation finance and environmental markets as they develop RCPP project applications.“The growing field of conservation finance provides opportunities to inject significant investment capital into projects that protect, restore and maintain our natural ecosystems,” Weller said.USDA is now accepting proposals for Fiscal Year 2018 RCPP funding. Pre-proposals are due April 21. For more information on applying, visit the RCPP website.last_img read more

Child-like enthusiasm secret of Sachin’s longevity: Dravid

first_imgA child-like enthusiasm for the game is the reason why Sachin Tendulkar has completed over two decades in international cricket despite the pounding that his body has taken, feels his long-time team-mate Rahul Dravid.”Sachin’s longevity comes down to the joy that he still gets from playing. After 20 years of international cricket he still has a child-like enthusiasm. That’s not an easy thing to do when you have been travelling and playing so much and your body has taken a pounding,” Dravid said in the latest edition of Wisden Cricketer magazine.”He is great at preparing for games. Not only in terms of his skills but also getting his mind right. What he has achieved is mind-boggling. He is constantly setting the boundaries for the future generations. His batting has changed with time — with his body and age.”That’s the beauty of it. The game has changed, the bowlers have changed and he has changed along with that.Everytime he has changed he has been successful. He hasn’t seen too many bad patches in his career,” he added.Dravid was not the only one paying tribute to the 38-year-old batting icon, who is just one short of his 100th international ton.Five former England captains, including the Ashes-winning Michael Vaughan, revealed how the diminutive right-hander tormented and mesmerised them in equal measure in the same magazine.Nasser Hussain, who captained England in the 2001-02 series against India, said Tendulkar has made some adjustments to his strategy over the years. .advertisement”Technically and mentally Sachin has changed little over the years but he has changed his game plan. He began as flamboyant, extravagant stroke-maker who had all the shots and simply loved the game. Once the records and the hundreds started to be racked up, he turned into a run-machine,” Hussain said.”There are two types of cricketers; there are guys like myself and Mike Atherton who played the game because that’s what we did; there are players like Graham Gooch and Alec Stewart who have the game in their blood, who would be lost without the game.”Sachin is in the second group and i suspect the dip in form he had a few years ago was because he became fearful of life after cricket. He is not driven by money, he is driven by batting,” he added.Hussain recollected the incident when Tendulkar called him up to get advice on his tennis elbow problem.”It was bizarre; what was arguably the greatest batsman of all time ringing me about?”Another former England captain Michael Vaughan said Tendulkar has become more aggressive in his approach.”Sachin is a different player now from 2007. The best players in the world change little things about themselves to keep themselves in the game. In the last two years, he has become more aggressive, he’s gone back to his old way of trying to score when for a period he tried to survive.”(Chris) Tremlett bowled well against him in 2007 and he is a miles better bowler now. But Sachin doesn’t have any weaknesses although every batsman is vulnerable on and around the off stump early on. England might go aggressive at him, test him with a few short balls — I have seen people do that over the last few years and it hasn’t affected him,” he said.Andrew Flintoff, the talismanic all-rounder who was instrumental in guiding England to the Ashes title in 2005, said he craved for Tendulkar’s respect whenever he bowled at him.”…with Tendulkar, when I bowled to him, I actually wanted him to respect me. I hold him in such high esteem and he is such a good player, I want to make it hard for him. I want him to walk off that field thinking that Flintoff is a good player, he can bowl. I want to impress him,” he said.Graham Gooch, who captained England in the series against India in 1990 and 1992-93, said even at the start of his career, Tendulkar came across as a seasoned player.”No one had ever seen him in 1990. As a 17-year-old it was evident that the lad had great skill, great balance, great timing, an eye for the ball. You could see he had all the attributes to make a top player,” he said.”For one so young he had a poise and composure about his batting. You don’t often get that in young players; you get the talent and the stroke-making but poise, authority and composure normally come later. He has the ability, like all great players to adapt to the conditions. That’s the skill of a batsman. You don’t play the same way every time,” he added.advertisementAnother former England captain Mike Atherton said Tendulkar’s impeccable technique has remained the same over the years.”One of the most remarkable things is that he has hardly changed at all — exactly the same set-up. He has trusted in his technique and power all this time. He has stayed true to his game.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Bajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200NS gives a hard time to its rivals

first_imgBajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200NS has been dominating online biker communities since the Pune-based company first unveiled its product in early 2012.Packed with power and design, the motorcycle has given its rivals a hard time not just with regards to performance but with an incredibly alluring pricetag.The Pulsar 200NS, which has the world’s first triple-sparkplug technology, is powered by a liquid-cooled single cylinder 4-valve SOHC 199.5cc engine.According to reports, the motor pumps out 23.52PS of power at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8000rpm. The new Pulsar, with a large 33mm carburetor and new 6-speed gearbox, is capable of reaching 100km/h from a standstill in less than 10 seconds and can reach speeds in excess of 140km/h.Weighing 145kg, this machine from the Bajaj Auto has most of its mass concentrated at the centre presenting the bike with superb handling and cornering abilites.While launching the new motorcycle model in the beginning of the year, Bajaj Auto in a statement had stated, “A little more than 10 years since the original Pulsar was launched, Bajaj Auto on Thursday unveiled the next gen Pulsar 200NS. This new Pulsar is all set to re-define motorcycling technology and design as much as the original Pulsar did way back in 2001.”The new Pulsar boasts of having a 200 cc gasoline engine while its chassis comprises a pressed steel perimeter frame and a rectangular tube section swing arm delivering over three times the lateral stiffness of a P220 frame.The Bajaj Pulsar 200 naked sport or NS was launched in Pune with an ex-showroom price of Rs 84,096. The 200 cc bike is available in various cities of Maharashtra from last month and will reach out to the consumers nationally from August onwards, a senior Bajaj Executive had confirmed.advertisement-With agency inputslast_img read more

TJ Dillashaw gives up UFC 135-pound title because of drug test

first_img“While words can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am at this time, please know that I’m working with my team to understand what has occurred and how to resolve this situation as quickly as possible,” Dillashaw said. “Out of fairness and respect to the rest of the division, I’ve informed the UFC that I’ll be voluntarily relinquishing my title while I deal with this matter.”A spokesman with the New York commission said Wednesday that Dillashaw was fined $10,000 and suspended for one year for drug use, but declined to give further details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 33-year-old Dillashaw (16-4) had cut 10 pounds of weight to fight Cejudo. Dillashaw used a program devised by a triathlete math professor and performance specialist to cut some serious weight in his attempt to hold championships in two weight classes.He’s a two-time bantamweight champion and won the title for a second time when he defeated Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 in November 2017. Damian Lillard unleashes 33 as Blazers beat struggling Mavericks Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants LATEST STORIES Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, TJ Dillashaw reacts after a flyweight mixed martial arts championship bout against Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night in New York. Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test. Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January. Dillashaw suffered first-round loss to Henry Cejudo and failed to become a two-division champion. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)LAS VEGAS— TJ Dillashaw has surrendered the UFC 135-pound championship because of an “adverse finding” in his last drug test.Dillashaw posted on social media that he would give up the belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the results of his test leading up to his last fight in January. Dillashaw suffered first-round loss to Henry Cejudo and failed to become a two-division champion.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

2019 Ford Endeavour launched in India, price starts at Rs 28.19 lakh

first_imgFord India today launched the all-new Endeavour at a starting price of Rs 28.19 lakh (ex-showroom-Delhi). The 2019 edition of the premium SUV will come with a three-year or one lakh km warranty. Boasting of several new and first-in-segment features, the 2019 Endeavour will challenge the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Mahindra Alturas G4.Assembled at Ford’s integrated manufacturing facility in Chennai, the new Endeavour will be available in five colours — Diffused Silver, Sunset Red, Diamond White, Absolute Black and Moondust Silver.The new Ford Endeavour comes in with two diesel engine options — a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, TDCi and a 3.2-litre, five-cylinder, TDCi. The 2.2-litre motor produces 160 PS of power and 385 Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with an option for an automatic transmission as well. The company claims mileage figures of 14.2 kmpl and 12.62 kmpl for the manual and automatic variants, respectively. The 3.2-litre mill is good for 200 PS of power and 470 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and the claimed fuel efficiency is 10.6 kmpl.Below are the variant-wise price details of the SUV.– 2.2-litre Titanium (Manual) – Rs 28.19 lakh– 2.2-litre Titanium+ (Automatic) – Rs 30.60 lakh– 3.2-litre Titanium+ (Automatic) – Rs 32.97 lakhThe 2019 Ford Endeavour sports a new front bumper design and chrome plated bold trapezoidal grille. Both front and rear bumpers have integrated skid plates to protect the SUV’s underbody. The ORVMs feature puddle lamps. There are new 18-inch alloy wheels as well.The SUV gets eight-way power adjustable driver and co-driver seats. The company claims that it is the only premium SUV to feature a panoramic sun-roof, covering up to 50 per cent of the roof space, and a first-in-class active noise cancellation technology. There is fold-flat second-row and first-in-class power-fold third-row that instantly flattens at the touch of a button and can hold up to 2,010 litres of cargo with rear seats folded.advertisementThe 2019 Ford Endeavour offers hands-free power lift gate. It gets SYNC 3 — the company’s connectivity technology that allows drivers to use voice commands to control the entertainment system, make or receive calls and connect mobile devices. SYNC 3 is paired to an 8-inch touchscreen and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Google Auto.Other features include semi-auto parallel park assist, push start button, keyless entry, rear and front parking sensors, rear parking camera, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, DRLs and dualzone automatic climate control.The new SUV comes in with a four-wheel-drive system and an advanced terrain management system, which allows drivers to choose from four preset modes – normal, snow/mud/grass, sand and rock. It also offers up to seven airbags, hill launch assist and hill descent control.ALSO READ | 2019 Yamaha MT-09 launched in India at Rs 10.55 lakhALSO READ | Production variant of Tata 45X concept to make debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor ShowALSO READ | Next generation Hyundai Grand i10 spied, expected to be launched in India by end of 2019last_img read more