Thunderstorm fails to interrupt weekend red eye slo-pitch tournament

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was a weekend of non-stop slo-pitch action at the Taylor ball diamonds – literally.The 10th Annual Allen LaFleur Tournament of Hope was a roaring success this past weekend. Roughly 500 players on a record 40 teams participated in the double-elimination tournament. The tournament began at 7:00 on Friday evening, and ran through the overnight hours until the final three games’ opening pitches at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Though a thunderstorm passed over Taylor on Satuday evening before a low pressure system brought more rain through Sunday afternoon, that didn’t dampen the spirits of everyone that came out to play.IMG_7666A panorama of the Taylor ball diamonds on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Chris Newton- Advertisement -Sunday’s final games saw Balls Deep take the win over The Plugs in the ‘A’ Division with a 7-6 final score. The Great Canadian Oil Change lost their final against Mixed Nuts 7-5 in Division ‘B,’ while Div. ‘C’ was won by Logix Controls over Krush 11-3. Kokanee and True Grit played each other in the Division D final, another close game that ended 16-15 in favour of Kokanee. Knappett doubled up the Mustangs 8-4 to win the ‘E’ Division.Tournament organizer Velma Alexander says that the final tally of funds raised for Raymond Auger and Karsten Mayinger, who are battling cancer, is not yet known, although organizers hoped to at least equal last year’s total of nearly $17,000. Alexander says that the final amount should be tallied up later this week.last_img read more

IRISH WATER HOLDING LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO RANSOM – CLLR O FEARRAIGH

first_imgSinn Féin Councillor John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh has described plans to force local authorities to hand over development levy funds to Irish Water as ‘scandalous’, saying that it amounts to local authorities being ‘held to ransom’ by the company.The levy which in recent years was charged on new developments by local authorities throughout the country is now to be transferred to Irish Water because of a vesting order which was signed by Minister Alan Kelly earlier this week.“The Environment Minister this week signed off on handing yet more powers over to Irish Water which now has the permission to raid local authorities for more funds to prop up the shambolic company.” “Not content with raiding the pockets of Irish citizens, Irish Water has now been given the right to raid the coffers of councils as well.”He added it was bad enough that the Irish people have been forced to pay for water yet again with bills coming through letter boxes despite having already paid for their water via general taxation for years.But now, this latest decision by the Minister means that money continues to pour into this bottomless pit – this is scandalous, he added.“Local Authorities are already being starved of cash as it is and the last thing they need is for more funding to be diverted to Irish Water – local services are being decimated in the search for cash.” “Libraries, roads, footpaths, playgrounds, and endless local services continue to be neglected yet this government are perfectly content to redirect cash into Irish Water – local authorities are being held to ransom.”“If this government has any thought for the people of this country then they must abolish Irish Water immediately before any more public money is wasted on this unwanted, toxic brand.” IRISH WATER HOLDING LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO RANSOM – CLLR O FEARRAIGH was last modified: April 12th, 2015 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:donegalIrish Waterlast_img read more

Watch: Amazing footage by lifeboat crew at yesterday’s rescue mission

first_imgVideo: Portrush Lifeboat StationHave you ever wondered the horrific conditions faced by our brave lifeboat volunteers when they get a call to a rescue?These are the conditions which faced volunteers yesterday off the coast of Donegal. The video was taken by members of the Portrush Lifeboat crew who rushed to aid colleagues from Lough Swilly LIfeboat and also Arranmore Lifeboat.Gales of up to 60mph as well as heavy seas met the crews as they went to the aid of a crabber which lost power yesterday afternoon 20 miles off Fanad Head.The brave men and women who man these lifeboat stations face these kinds of conditions on a regular basis.We salute their bravery and thank them for keeping us safe at sea. Watch: Amazing footage by lifeboat crew at yesterday’s rescue mission was last modified: December 17th, 2019 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)last_img read more

The E-Sports Industry Is Growing — Now Web Infrastructure Needs to Keep Up

first_imgRelated Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Like traditional sports, e-sports can be costly. A prime component of e-sports infrastructure is video streaming, which enables competition. Viewers are able to share the videos and streaming links to millions, requiring companies to build their own solutions or work with solid tech companies to deal with heavy bandwidth. Services like highlights, instant replays, live streaming, and anti-cheating detection measures are some of the instant services that need to be available for viewers and gamers.In order for the e-sport infrastructure to thrive, software developers need to find a way to scale in a way that works effectively on a cloud mixed platform, as well as on dedicated servers. Once dedicated platforms achieve the ability to scale with automation features typically found on scale cloud platforms, scaling the e-sports platform to meet high-performance criteria will be much easier.A report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that the sports industry will inevitably face problems due to the drastic decline in viewership. The entire industry is running on a distribution model that is stuck in the past. What’s worse is that some of the most influential companies in the industry are slow to implement innovative technology measures.New revenue models are truly reinventing the way users engage with content online. Services like Twitch provide a platform for streaming thousands of games online daily. Some of the most popular games on this service, namely “League of Legends” and “Dota 2,” generate close to 70 million views each month. Given the high number of viewers these services experience, there is no denying the importance of game streaming in today’s culture — and web infrastructure needs to be able to keep up with these changes.How to Select the Right Web Infrastructure PartnersThere are estimated to be more than 500 million individuals around the world who watch other people play video games.To be able to handle high volumes of traffic during peak seasons, it’s crucial to have the ability to deal with low-latency applications and high bandwidth simultaneously without disruption. A high-performance network available around the globe is extremely important, and it’s one of the driving factors of player satisfaction.It’s also important to automate and provide scalable capacity on both cloud and non-cloud platforms at a competitive price. The availability of equipment in a global data center will provide low bandwidth cost combined with a lower latency to create a better user experience.It’s also likely that game developers in the future will embrace artificial intelligence and machine learning to form a better understanding of how players interact with characters in their games. These tools will ensure a more customized gaming experience for players who could have packages tailored to their particular interests.The Success of E-SportsThe success of online gaming is directly related to the performance, price, and availability of the infrastructures they are offered on. If games are slow to load or glitch often, fans will start leaving in droves.The infrastructure needs to be top-notch in order for companies to maximize their return. Working with a partner that can provide a sufficient balance between price and performance will make a big difference for the players and publishers alike.Also, it’s not just gamers and sports enthusiasts who realize that e-sports are the next big thing. Vision Esports, a holding company co-founded by NBA star Rick Fox that invests in up-and-coming brands in the e-sports industry, has received backing from sports stars such as Kevin Durant and Odell Beckham Jr., sports teams like the St. Louis Cardinals, and even other big agencies like Shamrock Holdings — the Disney family’s personal investment company.For this industry to continue to grow, it is important for infrastructure development to meet the needs of its users. A reliable platform is crucial to ensure the widespread growth of e-sports is fully supported for years to come. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Robert van der MeulenTechnical Evangelist at Leaseweb Robert van der Meulen is the technical evangelist at Leaseweb, a global IaaS provider. last_img read more

Cabinet reshuffle: Prime minister tweaks portfolios but sacks no minister

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first Cabinet reshuffle was expected to address governance and image deficit in the wake of a string of scams and political crises. But the consensus in the political circles as President Pratibha Patil was swearing in new ministers was that the PM’s endeavour was mostly an exercise in futility.PM Manmohan Singh announces a new teamIncompetent ministers were shifted, not sacked; he failed to infuse young blood into the council of ministers; and there was no attempt to bridge the governance and image deficit.The much-anticipated rejig failed to send out a strong message against corruption to the people or to the political class.Ministers who presided over the Commonwealth Games (CWG) scams and management mess – urban development minister Jaipal Reddy and sports minister M. S. Gill – were not dropped but let off with only a change in their portfolios.Reddy’s transfer was, in fact, seen as a promotion because he was given charge of a more important portfolio – petroleum in place of urban development that went to Kamal Nath. All the more shocking was the transfer of Vilasrao Deshmukh, who figures in the Adarsh Society flat allotment scandal, to the crucial rural development and Panchayati Raj ministry.Deshmukh’s appointment to this ministry is questionable considering that in December 2010, the Supreme Court had imposed a fine of `10 lakh on the Maharashtra government on a complaint that Deshmukh, as chief minister, had influenced the police against registering an FIR against his brother, who was facing charges of money-lending irregularities by farmers in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district.advertisementMoreover, this ministry is closely monitored by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and general secretary Rahul Gandhi. Both feel it has potential to empower the “aam aadmi”. Some in the Congress feel the suave Mumbaikar is a bad choice for rural development as his heart is in Mumbai.Meanwhile, there was no attempt to address issues of non-governance, or “governance-deficit” as the PM himself has admitted several times as known non-performers – C.P. Joshi, Kamal Nath, Virbhadra Singh – were simply transferred to different departments. Contrary to expectations, there was no infusion of young blood barring a 48-yearold K.C. Venugopal from Kerala as minister of state.The Opposition was quick to point out that the cabinet reshuffle has not addressed any issue concerning the people. “The PM has failed to punish the corrupt,” said BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain. “He has just effected a change in rooms for his non-performing and corrupt ministers.”The PM, however, tried to rekindle hopes of a major shake-up by promising a “more expansive” exercise after the budget session of Parliament which concludes in May.This is a minor reshuffle and after budget session of Parliament, we will do a more expansive exercise,” Singh told mediapersons. Ageing and ineffective ministers such as Virbhadra Singh and B.K. Handique were retained, while Beni Prasad Verma, who can barely walk, has been inducted as minister for steel. Similarly, Sushil Kumar Shinde was allowed to continue in the power ministry though the PM was apparently considering shifting him out.Compulsions of coalition politics were evident in the hands-off approach to two important departments – agriculture and railways. The PM left the allies untouched and despite persisting food inflation which is eating into Congress’s political space, the shuffle does not show any desire to arrest the price spiral. Sharad Pawar continues to occupy agriculture, the only token change being the food and public distribution being taken away from him.Gill, sports and youth affairs minister, and best known for his weak handling of the CWG mess and arm-twisting sports bodies, also escaped the axe as he was shifted to an obscure statistics and programme implementation ministry.None of the non-performing ministers holding an infrastructure portfolio was dropped. Instead they were merely shifted to other portfolios, as if these ministries are of no consequence. Another infrastructure minister Kamal Nath, who figured in the Nira Radia tapes and was considered wanting in performance, has been shifted to urban development from road transport and highways.Minister of state V. Narayanaswamy, who is articulate neither in Hindi nor in English, analysts said, was considered by many insiders to be a bad choice for the MoS slot in the PMO.The reshuffle did not convey any message to trouble-torn Andhra Pradesh, especially when the Telangana region is on the boil and state Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy is threatening to split the party. Many party leaders from the state in private have expressed dismay over non-induction of any new face from the state.advertisementDespite sending 33 MPs, the state has only one cabinet minister in Jaipal Reddy. As against Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, which has only seven Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha, has three cabinet ministers.The re-jig does not show any strategy to bring Parliament back to normalcy. Many in the party hoped incumbent soft-spoken parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, may be replaced with someone more aggressive like Ghulam Nabi Azad to craft a strategy to take the Opposition parties on board. However, the PM opted for status quo even when the Opposition continues to remain adamant on a JPC to probe in the 2G scam threatening to cripple the Budget session.Ashwani Kumar’s appointment as parliamentary affairs minister is also circumspect. “We doubt if he can forge a compromise with the Opposition to break the deadlock over the JPC to look into the 2G scam,” a Congress leader said.last_img

10 months agoFulham plan bid for Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham plan bid for Bournemouth striker Lys Moussetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset.Fulham are planning a January move for Mousset, says West London Sport.The French striker has struggled to make an impact with the Cherries but could now be handed a lifeline by their Premier League rivals.Fulham are looking to strengthen as they prepare for a relegation scrap after a tough start to the season.The French frontman has made just seven top-flight starts since joining the Dorset club from Le Havre for around €6.5m some two and a half years ago.He has scored four goals, two of which were in the league. last_img read more

Reported rate of hate crime in Thunder Bay appalling says local MP

first_imgOTTAWA – A Thunder Bay MP says she’s not surprised by “appalling” new numbers that suggest the Ontario city has the highest rate of metropolitan hate crime in Canada.Patty Hajdu, who’s also the federal labour minister, used to run a homeless shelter in the remote northwestern Ontario city that was populated primarily by indigenous people.“I am ashamed to say that I wasn’t surprised to see that, as someone who has lived in that community for a very long time and I have some long-standing relationships with indigenous people,” Hajdu said in an interview.“I can tell you that it is not actually that shocking to me.”Last week, a Statistics Canada report said most of the police-reported hate incidents in Thunder Bay were against indigenous people, accounting for 29 per cent of all anti-aboriginal hate crimes across Canada in 2015.Hajdu said she often heard from local residents who routinely experienced fear on the streets.“Young people have told me repeatedly of walking home and having things flung at them out of cars,” she said.“Indigenous women and indigenous men who have experienced going to a store … and when they put their hand out to receive change, the storekeeper will purposely not touch their hand.”The Statistics Canada figures reflect a long-standing disintegration of the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people, Hajdu added, calling it “appalling.”Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said the safety of aboriginal people is indeed a serious issue in the city, where the recent mysterious deaths of two indigenous teenagers made headlines across Canada.Fiddler cited a recent Ontario inquest into the deaths of seven indigenous young people in Thunder Bay, where witnesses described the daily experience of having garbage and racial epithets hurled in their direction.“The racism —it is something that is very much real … so it wasn’t a surprise to many of us when we heard the latest numbers released last week.”Last year’s inquest explored what happened to Paul Panacheese, 21, Robyn Harper, 19, Curran Strang, 18, Kyle Morrisseau, 17, and Jethro Anderson, Jordan Wabasse and Reggie Bushie, all 15.Their deaths occurred over a decade — from 2000 to 2011 — while they attended school in Thunder Bay.More recently, the city has been in the spotlight again following the deaths of 17-year-old Tammy Keeash and 14-year-old Josiah Begg.Keeash’s body was found in the Neebing-McIntyre floodway early last month and the body of Begg was found less than two weeks later.Fiddler and other indigenous leaders are calling for an RCMP investigation, citing local mistrust of Thunder Bay police.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has said municipal police jurisdiction is entirely within the purview of the provincial government, which means Thunder Bay and the province will need to take “appropriate decisions.”Fiddler said safety concerns are so grave, parents are reconsidering sending their children to Thunder Bay to go to school, even though many First Nations communities only have facilities that go to Grade 8.“Grade 9, you’re looking at a 13, 14-year-old child,” he said. “That’s pretty young for a 14 or even a 15-year-old to be sent far away from their home and to a place like Thunder Bay would be obviously a concern for any parent.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Owner of famed French Riviera luxury hotel dies at 95

first_imgPARIS — Jeanne Augier, the millionaire owner of a luxury French Riviera hotel appreciated by celebrities and royalty, has died. She was 95.The Hotel Negresco in Nice announced in a statement that Augier died on Monday, after taking over the hotel in 1957 and working to “extend its influence throughout France and the world.”Flags hanging above the hotel flew at half-staff Wednesday in an extended mourning period declared by the hotel.The hotel’s art nouveau facade and pink dome dominate the elegant Promenade des Anglais on the Nice shore. It’s known both for its glamorous guests and thousands of works of valuable art and antique furniture collected by Augier.Augier died without heirs, and legal disputes are reportedly underway about what will happen to the hotel.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Agency built pen for possible horse slaughter

first_imgRENO, Nev. — The U.S. Forest Service has built its first corral for wild horses, a Northern California facility that could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter.The agency acknowledged in recent court filings that it built the pen for mustangs gathered in the fall on national forest land along the California-Nevada border because horses held at other federal facilities cannot be sold for slaughter.The Forest Service denies claims by horse protection advocates that it has made up its mind to sell the more than 250 horses for slaughter. But it also says it may have no choice because of the high cost of housing the animals and the continued ecological impacts it claims overpopulated herds are having on federal rangelands.The agency’s new pen is in the Modoc National Forest, about 170 miles (273 kilometres) northwest of Reno.Scott Sonner, The Associated Presslast_img read more