Chamber of Commerce hitting the course with fundraiser

first_imgThe tournament will be played on the beautiful Lakepoint Golf and Country Club golf course, with all proceeds going to support the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce.The tournament will run as an 18 hole, best ball format, which will be followed by a steak and prawn buffet. The event will also include a silent auction with some great prizes available to be won, as well as an opportunity for local businesses to get some productive networking done.Early bird registration for the tournament ends May 12, and costs $95 per golfer. Following May 12, registration costs $110 per golfer.- Advertisement -Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those interested.To register for the event or for more information on the tournament or sponsorship please contact Brad Brain at 250-785-1655.last_img read more

Huskies to host Fairview Flyers Saturday night

first_imgFairview comes into Saturday’s game riding a four game winning streak including a win over the Grande Prairie JDA Kings. The schedule for the Flyers is difficult down the stretch with a second contest against the Huskies next week, and two more games against the JDA Kings before the season reaches its conclusion.The Huskies are fresh off of a weekend split with the North Peace Navigators. The Huskies also have a difficult schedule to finish off the season with games against Fairview, Grande Prairie and the North Peace Navigators.After Saturday’s game the Huskies will be meeting the Slave Lake Wolves for a game in Falher Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m. The game can be heard live on Moose FM with the pregame show starting at 8:15.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Early Bird Winner in the Rotary Mega Lotto

first_imgPhoto:  Rotary Member Brian Gentles draws the 2 early bird winner – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe Fort St. John Rotary Club held the second early bird draw in the 2008 Mega Lotto.- Advertisement -The winner of $10,000 was Mary Tasko-Martin of Dawson Creek.  The final draw will take place later this month on December 26th at the Totem Mall.  Over $200,000 in prizes is up for grabs in the annual lottery and you can still get your tickets at the Totem Mall.  Tickets are $40 for one or $100 for three.last_img read more

Linden labourer died of multiple injuries – PM

first_imgSawmill accidentA post-mortem examination conducted on the body of Lindener Stephon Braithwaite, called “Grinch” who was crushed to death at his place of work on Thursday, has determined that he died from multiple injuries to the body. The examination was conducted by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary on Friday. The 20-year-old labourer of Lot 100 Block 22 Squatting Area, Wismar, Linden, was crushed to death by a falling log while trying to clear the filter of a lorry at the RI Forest Products, Sawmill and Lumber Yard located at Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Preliminary investigations revealed the now dead man was servicing one of the trucks in the compound. As he continued his work, he reportedly went to another truck which was being offloaded with lumber to get fuel from the tank to put into a filter. In the process of extracting the fuel, one of the logs slid off the truck and pinned him to the ground, crushing his abdominal cavity, causing his intestines to protrude. Guyana Times understands that upon hearing the noise of the log sliding off and a brief scream from the now dead man, several employees rushed to his assistance, but it was already too late.Nevertheless, they managed to lift the log off of him and rushed him to the Linden Hospital Complex where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Francis Braithwaite, mother of the dead man, claimed she was told that one of the workers released the chains from a log that was secured to a truck, causing it to fall on her son.The aggrieved mother stated that she was told that her son, who is a father of two, was at the time servicing a truck to head back into an interior location when the accident occurred. His body has been handed over to the family for burial.last_img read more

‘Model marriage’ mainly illustrates what not to do

first_img“Big cross-border mergers in the auto industry have never worked,” said Stephen Cheetham, a European auto analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd. in London. Cheetham said the creation of DaimlerChrysler was the peak of international tie-ups from the late 1990s, as between General Motors Corp. and Korea’s Daewoo Motor. Now, he said, “globalization in the auto business these days is not very pragmatic.” The drawbacks include the higher costs of shipping and transportation, cultural differences and rising health care and pension funding costs in the United States. “The Germans never knew really quite what to do with Chrysler,” Cheetham said. “Managing across the pond and managing this very, very different business is very difficult.” DaimlerChrysler’s split is one of many auto partnerships to collapse in the past few years. FRANKFURT, Germany – The merger between Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corp. was billed as a merger of equals and a marriage made in heaven – the perfect model for the future of auto manufacturing worldwide. After nine tumultuous years, it was neither. The $36 billion deal that saw Daimler-Benz AG take over Chrysler Corp. in 1998 sputtered through nearly a decade of up-and-down Chrysler earnings and repeated cost-cutting. Through it all, there was the simmering resentment of German shareholders, who felt that something pedestrian, unimpressive – indeed, American – had dulled the lustrous sheen of one of their country’s greatest carmakers. Now, with the company set to split in a deal for 5.5 billion euros – $7.4 billion, a fraction of Chrysler’s value a decade ago – it serves as a very public illustration of the pitfalls inherent in attempting to bring carmakers from Asia, Europe and the United States into large-scale partnerships. GM paid $2 billion in 2005 to break off its alliance with Fiat SPA after the Italian company’s finances and market share deteriorated. In the 1990s, BMW AG lost billions after buying Britain’s MG Rover, which it sold for a token 10 pounds in 2000. It all looked different in the mid-1990s. Daimler-Benz was eagerly searching for new markets and new opportunities at the dawn of what many thought would be an age of global consolidation. Chrysler was an ideal target, with a line of cleverly designed, efficiently built minivans, pickups and Jeeps. Throw in a rich country that is car crazy, and it made perfect sense. Daimler and Chrysler said it was a merger of equals, but then-Chief Executive Juergen Schrempp later dismissed that, leading to a lawsuit from billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian. He lost, and it was clear the center of power had shifted to Stuttgart, Germany. The company rebounded from a brutal 2001 restructuring and launched hits like the 300C, only to see earnings slip again. After declining sales and recalls over defects, DaimlerChrysler dumped its other cross-border venture – with Mitsubishi in Asia – in 2004. And as gas prices rose, consumers looked to smaller cars with better mileage. Ferocious competition with rivals General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., along with Japan’s Toyota Motor Co. – unencumbered by the crippling legacy costs that U.S. automakers were facing – led to flat prices and thin margins. Losses at Chrysler were one thing. But when the company’s jewel, Mercedes, posted its first quarterly loss in 10 years in 2005 amid concerns over costs and quality, the virtues of size faded even more. Shareholders looked enviously at other German automakers, such as BMW and Porsche, that kept a sharp focus on high-margin luxury cars. That disappointment hastened the departure in 2005 of Schrempp, who masterminded the DaimlerChrysler deal. In February, DaimlerChrysler said it was considering all options for Chrysler. Some analysts say major automakers such as Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. and France’s Renault SA – which have a partnership many cite as cooperation that works – and Fiat show that they have learned their lessons. Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn have touted the seven-year alliance between their companies – which is, perhaps significantly, short of a merger – saying that Renault’s market worth has tripled, while Nissan’s has grown fivefold. The French automaker has a 44 percent stake in Nissan. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FSJ Hospital Foundation names new Executive Director

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The board of directors for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation has named a new Executive Director.It was announced Ashley Bentley has left her position as Executive Director. Board chairman Gorden Gentles expressed his thanks for all of her hard work.“The Board greatly appreciates the commitment and leadership of Ashley during the past eight years and, in thanking her for her service to the Hospital Foundation and our community, we wish her every success in her future endeavours”.Her replacement will be City Councillor Gord Klaassen, Effective as of May 16th, 2016.“We welcome Gord in his new capacity as Executive Director of the Foundation and look forward to continuing to work with him.  We share Gord’s enthusiasm for the purpose and future of the Foundation and his respect for the trust our donors have in the Hospital Foundation.”- Advertisement -Ashley Bentley started her new role as General Manager for HCP Canada. Bentley shared her thanks for the Hospital Foundation and all that they do.Advertisement  “I am so thankful for the opportunity I’ve had being a part of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation over the last eight years, and to serve as Executive Director for six of those years. The experience has provided me with many wonderful memories, and a sense of pride in being able to be a part of the Foundation as it grew – especially with capital campaigns such as the CT Scanner Campaign and New Hospital build. There are many exciting plans ahead for the Foundation, none of which would be possible without you – the supporters of the Foundation – I want to say Thank You for all you do!”Gentles also announced there will be new members joining the team.“We are also thrilled to announce the appointment of Jessica Kalman to Chief Development Officer, and to welcome Becky Pruden as the new Administrative Assistant.”last_img read more

QPR blow as Sandro ruled out until after Christmas

first_imgQPR midfielder Sandro has been ruled out until after Christmas.The Brazilian, who joined the club in a £10m deal from Tottenham in the summer, suffered a knee injury during the defeat to Newcastle last weekend.The club say it is not a repeat of the ACL injury he suffered at Spurs in 2013, which kept him out for more than six months, but it will sideline him for at least four weeks.Dr Peter Florida, QPR’s Head of Medical Services, said: “Sandro took a bad knock to his right knee, and has suffered damage to his medial ligaments.“It is totally unrelated to his previous ACL injury. Unfortunately, he will now be unavailable for selection until after Christmas.”Sandro has suffered various injury troubles since arriving at Loftus Road, restricting the 25-year-old to just eight appearances.His latest setback will come as a big blow to boss Harry Redknapp, with his side sitting bottom of the Premier League having collected just eight points from their opening 12 games. Sandro 1last_img read more

`Thematic’ focus tailors learning

first_img“Basically, as we were looking at our declining enrollment, we were also looking at ways to attract students,” said Assistant Superintendent Elyse Sullivan. “So we did research on thematic schools and created a rubric for the principals, and Trudie picked up on it,” Sullivan said. “Because when schools have something unique to enhance the curriculum, that becomes a draw for families and kids.” Currently, seven of Mill’s 13 classrooms have SMART boards and are part of the technology academy. Ultimately, Efstratios hopes to expand the program to all of the grades. By the time students leave the school in fifth grade, they will know how evaluate a Web site for credibility, create spreadsheets and multimedia projects, and identify and solve routine hardware and software problems. “We’ve only been in school for two weeks but they’re getting good at working out their own \ problems,” said fourth- grade teacher Allison Ferkin. Especially helpful to teachers is the Achieve 3000-KidBiz program, Ferkin said. Students each get a laptop for a reading lesson that is tailor-made for their individual reading levels. They read, take a comprehension quiz, and their scores are sent to the teacher’s computer. Educators can quickly see which students aren’t scoring well on their first and second tries, and can work with them individually. But the technology doesn’t come cheap. To that end, Efstratios was able to get a $12,000 donation from Altman Construction, about $1,500 from the Rose Hills Foundation and $10,000 from the school’s Parent-Teacher Corporation to start it up. But more money will be needed to expand it. “We’re just in the infancy stage now,” Efstratios said. “But we’re all behind it 100 percent.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: Thematic School concept at Mill ElementaryWHITTIER – “It’s just incredible,” whispered Principal Trudie Efstratios, watching as one of her Mill Elementary School teachers stood at the front of the class, using digital ink on his SMART Board to teach short vowel sounds to his fifth-graders this week. Standing in front of the SMART board – an interactive whiteboard that seems more like a giant computer touchscreen – teacher David MacKinnon used a digital pen and eraser to make notes on the board, emphasizing the highlights of the lesson he had prepared beforehand on his laptop. Then he tapped his finger and a new page of the lesson popped up, while the old one was automatically saved on a computer. Students came to the board and started grouping words according to their vowel sounds, which they did by touching the word and dragging it into the right category. “This is the way instruction is changing,” said Efstratios, who kicked off the school’s new Technology Academy this month. “Here at Mill, we wanted to invest more in ways to improve classroom instruction,” she said. “And we thought technology was the right way to do it.” The academy is based on a “thematic school” concept, which officials at the Whittier City School District pitched to its 12 principals last year. It involves creating smaller, focused units within a larger school organization to engage students and improve achievement. last_img read more

NASCAR at loss over water-gate

first_imgDaniel Chopra reclaimed the outright lead with a birdie at the par-5 16th hole and held on to win the PGA’s oft-delayed Ginn sur Mer Classic, edging Fredrik Jacobsen and Shigeki Maruyama by one shot at Tesoro Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Chopra finished at 19 under, becoming the 12th first-time winner on tour this season. The win came in Chopra’s 133rd career start, and the $810,000 winner’s check pushed his career earnings to just shy of $5 million. Only six players were required to finish the tournament on Monday. The World Cup will no longer be rotated among continents, a decision that throws open the race for the 2018 tournament. South Africa already has been awarded the 2010 tournament and soccer’s governing body is expected to announce Brazil – the only candidate – as the 2014 host today. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the executive committee rejected a proposal from CONCACAF that would have ensured the 2018 event going to the region representing North and Central America and the Caribbean. ETC.: Juan Pablo Angel of New York, Cuauhtemoc Blanco of Chicago or Luciano Emilio of D.C. United could win two of Major League Soccer’s most prestigious year-end awards next month. All three were announced as finalists for MLS Most Valuable Player and Newcomer of the Year, punctuating the most influential class of new talent in the league’s 12-year history. Other finalists include Chivas USA’s Brad Guzan for best goalkeeper and Chivas USA’s Claudio Suarez for top defender. … The Palestinian soccer team missed its World Cup qualifying game in Singapore because of Israeli travel restrictions. Eighteen of the squad’s players and officials live in the Gaza Strip. Jamal Abu Hasheesh, spokesman for the Palestinian soccer federation, said the 18 team members didn’t receive Israeli permits to leave Gaza for the game. … Maria Sharapova clinched the final place at the season-ending WTA Championships in Madrid, Spain, and Venus Williams withdrew because of dizzy spells. The top eight players qualify for the $3 million event, and Williams opted out despite sitting seventh in the standings. The Wimbledon champion said she hasn’t recovered after experiencing dizzy spells at the U.S. Open. ETC.: Mario Ancic rallied to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round of the Paris Masters, setting up a match against 2005 champion Tomas Berdych. Earlier, Mardy Fish of the United States fired 19 aces in topping Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, 7-6 (7), 6-4. … An online betting exchange in London investigated another professional tennis match for suspicious betting patterns, but found nothing wrong. Golf Soccer Valencia fired Coach Quique Sanchez Flores one day after the team’s 3-0 loss at Sevilla.Reserve coach Oscar Hernandez will serve as interim coach while Valencia looks to improve after its fourth loss in five matches. Tennis Boxing Three Romanian boxers were sent home from the world championships in Chicago and banned for life after reportedly caught shoplifting at a department store. Nearly four months after giving birth, Lisa Leslie is back on the court, joining the U.S. women’s national team for its eight-team college tour that begins Wednesday night against Maryland. Leslie, who gave birth to Lauren Jolie Lockwood on June 25, sat out the WNBA season while she was pregnant. Nine cities remain in the running to host the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games. A panel will draw up a short list of finalists to be announced on Nov. 19, the International Olympic Committee said. Meeting the deadline for submission were Athens, Greece; Bangkok, Thailand; Debrecen, Hungary; Guatemala City; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Moscow; Poznan, Poland; Singapore, and Turin, Italy. Basketball Olympics ETC.: Mass transit in Chicago is good enough for the officials in charge of the city’s Olympic bid – so long as it gets repaired soon. “Chicago 2016 is not asking for specific improvements for the Olympics – rather the funding and backing of already-planned transit improvements,” operations chief for the Chicago 2016 Committee Doug Arnot said. “While not required, improvements would enhance Chicago’s bid.” Jurisprudence University of Nevada football players were at a Halloween party where three people were shot to death and a Wolf Pack basketball player was hurt in a fight there, but was treated and released from the hospital, school officials said. Two 19-year-old suspects have been arrested in connection with the fatal shootings after a fight erupted at the party at a residence in an upscale southwest Reno home early Sunday, police said. Charles C. Kelly, 21, Truckee, was identified as one of the victims. The names of the other two 23-year-old victims were released earlier, Derek Jensen of Reno and Nathan Viljoen of Fallon. ETC.: The Jamaican government pathologist who performed an autopsy on Pakistan’s cricket coach again defended his ruling that Bob Woolmer was the victim of foul play. Questioned by an International Cricket Council lawyer, Dr. Ere Sheshiah reiterated that the 58-year-old coach died of asphyxia and pesticide poisoning. “I am not deviating from my findings,” said the visibly flustered pathologist to ICC attorney Jermaine Spence. “I have already told the court of my opinion.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Both were in the Chase for the championship. “There are multiple teams that are showing positive for some level of water contamination level in their fuel,” said John Darby, NASCAR’s Nextel Cup director. “I can’t tell you the exact number. It’s more than two and less than (the full field of) 43 at the moment.” Darby dismissed sabotage as a possible explanation, saying too many teams were affected for anyone to have been singled out. “For those who have their evil, twisted conspiracy hats on, we want to put that to rest,” Darby said. “If it was sabotage, it would have to be the kind of thing where someone hates NASCAR racing across the board.” He said extensive testing done by Sunoco, NASCAR’s official fuel supplier, showed no signs of problems in the underground storage tanks at the suburban Atlanta speedway. The problem likely occurred in the piping that runs from the tanks to the pumps, or in the pumps themselves, which teams use to fill the high-tech cans that are used for fueling. From news services NASCAR has its own “water-gate.” The racing organization conceded Monday that water got into the fuel supply of more than two cars during the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, apparently leading to a crash that took out several top contenders in the closing laps. Denny Hamlin was leading the Pep Boys Auto 500 with three laps to go when his car stalled while taking the green flag after a caution period. Martin Truex, who led the most laps Sunday, smashed into the back of Hamlin’s car and finished 31st. Hamlin slipped to 24th. last_img read more

Mexico international Carlos Pena arrives in Glasgow ahead of move to Rangers

first_imgMexico midfielder Carlos Pena has arrived in Glasgow ahead of his prospective move to Rangers.The 27-year-old Chivas player is expected to follow Ryan Jack and Bruno Alves in joining Pedro Caixinha’s side.Reports in Mexico claim Pena has agreed a three-year deal although Rangers must secure a work permit for the attacking midfielder.Pena has won 19 caps and played in the 2014 World Cup but he has not played international football for almost two years, meaning he must get the backing of a panel convened by the Scottish Football Association.Pena joined Chivas from Leon for a reported fee of about £7million in December 2015 – but he was loaned back to his former club a year later.Reports in Mexico also claim that Rangers are still negotiating over a deal for Veracruz forward Eduardo Herrera, who played under Caixinha at Santos Laguna. The 28-year-old has nine caps but all but one was won in 2015, which would also mean Rangers would need to win a work permit appeal to complete his signing. Carlos Pena in action for Chivas 1last_img read more