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NPSS sports teams return home after an event filled weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School’s sports teams returned home after a busy weekend of action.The Cross Country team travelled to Vancouver for provincials which took place at Jericho Beach. Dustin Bowes placed the highest among NPSS students with a 194th place finish. Jamie McPherson ranked 209th and Allison Ostle crossed the finish line 219th overall.The Junior Girls Volleyball team was in Dawson Creek for regionals at the Don Pettigrew Christian School. They finished the tournament with the bronze and earned a spot in the North Zones and are headed to Prince George this weekend.- Advertisement -The Senior Boys and Girls Volleyball teams are headed to Peace River this weekend for their final in-season action.The Senior Boys Basketball team starts this week as tryouts being on Thursday and go until Friday.last_img read more

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‘Petr Cech well worthy of new Premier League record’, says former holder David James

first_imgFormer Premier League goalkeeper David James has hailed the ‘exceptional’ Petr Cech and says the Arsenal No.1 is well worthy of overtaking his record for the most clean sheets in the English top flight.The Czech Republic veteran, 33, was between the sticks as the Gunners beat Bournemouth 2-0 on Monday to rise to the top of the table.It means the goalkeeper has now kept 170 clean sheets in 352 Premier League appearances, putting him clear of ex-Liverpool, Portsmouth and Manchester City glovesman James’ previous record of 169.Cech has seen no dip in his imperious form since ending his 11-year spell at Chelsea to join Arsenal in a £10million deal last summer, and James says he is well worthy of his place in Premier League history.“Petr Cech is exceptional,” James told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s quite a remarkable man and. He’s very focussed a little bit obsessive and wants to be the best at everything, which is a good quality to have.“His record is nearly a clean sheet every two games, which is quite remarkable considering he’s been doing that now for 11 years in the Premier League.“He’s quite a remarkable man and well worthy of holding the record.”last_img read more

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Chelsea starting line up to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium today

first_img 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 12. John Obi Mikel (centre midfield) 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (attacking midfield) 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11 Chelsea take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.The Blues ruffled the Gunners’ feathers to secure victory in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, but the home side will have their work cut out against Arsene Wenger’s title-challenging men this time around.And could interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink be forced into making some significant changes in personnel?Loic Remy to replace Diego Costa? Pedro or Eden Hazard?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 26. John Terry (centre back) 11 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left back) 11 11 22. Willian (right wing) 11 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 5. Kurt Zouma (centre back) 10. Eden Hazard (left wing) last_img read more

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Loan crisis shifts to D.C. as fast action for homeowners urged

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityStill, with the peak problems linked to rising adjustable rates that are expected to move even higher, pressure is mounting on lawmakers and the Bush administration to take quick action. “I hear from families a lot, families that were stretched to get into their first home,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, who sponsored last week’s measure. “They’re worried.” Many of the homeowners facing foreclosure were initially able to take out mortgages with small or nonexistent down payments by obtaining an adjustable rate – sometimes called a “teaser” rate. But the percentage points on those rates are climbing, catching homeowners in the bind of being unable to refinance for a better deal. And they may not qualify for new loans in the current credit crunch. As many as 2.5 million adjustable-rate mortgages – worth about $600 billion – are expected to jump from “teaser” rates to higher rates this year and next. Last week, the U.S. House approved some relief for homeowners, changing tax law so that debt forgiven for those unable to repay a mortgage would no longer be treated as taxable income. Meanwhile, Democrats are pressing President George W. Bush to appoint a special adviser to coordinate a federal response to the crisis. Sanchez’s bill – supported by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, and George Miller, D-Martinez – would revise the bankruptcy law to help homeowners facing foreclosure by repealing a provision that forbids judges from modifying a home mortgage. Calling the proposal “a measured response to the mortgage crisis,” Sanchez said current law – which allows judges to restructure loans for a vacation home or an investment property but not a primary residence – is “fundamentally unfair.” She said her measure could save up to 600,000 homeowners from foreclosure. While the bill passed a subcommittee on a 5-4 party-line vote, the mortgage industry has vowed to continue fighting it. That’s because industry officials maintain that letting judges rewrite loan terms would destabilize mortgage-backed securities, dry up capital and push up interest rates. “We want to help you, but I do not want to help you to hurt you,” Utah Republican Rep. Chris Cannon said in opposing the measure. Cannon said the measure would hurt would-be homeowners’ ability to buy property in the future – and may even trigger a recession. He called it an “overreaction” to the crisis, adding, “Who stands to benefit from this law? Bankruptcy lawyers.” Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, who is on the House Financial Services Committee, said he is still studying the legislation but cautioned that Congress can’t turn home mortgages into unsecured loans. “Lenders have got to be pushed to work with the borrower,” he said. He also pushed for Senate passage of a measure the House approved earlier this year that raises the limit on the size of loans that Fannie May and Freddie Mac can buy in high-cost areas like the San Fernando Valley. The current limit is $417,000 – too low to help Valley residents trying to refinance or sell in order to avoid foreclosure, he said. In the meantime Sherman, Sanchez and others are calling for an end to “teaser rates” to protect against future crises. And Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is expected to unveil legislation this year addressing broker and lender duties. But government watchdogs noted that both the real estate and mortgage industries are major campaign contributors with friends in both parties. Last year, real estate agents gave members of Congress $33 million – 42 percent to Democrats and 53 percent to GOP. Mortgage bankers, meanwhile, gave $1.2 million, with 41 percent going to Democrats and 58 percent to Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. “No matter what area you represent, your constituents own homes, so the industry has an interest in having your ear. They spread their money,” said Massie Rich, spokesman for Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit watchdog group. But, he noted, those same homeowners stand a strong chance of trumping special interests. “In the end, votes are what get you elected, not money,” he said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – As hundreds of thousands of homeowners nationwide face potential foreclosure, a heated battle is brewing in Congress over how to address the subprime mortgage meltdown. The mortgage woes are hitting California particularly hard, with 57,875 of the nation’s 243,947 foreclosures in August being filed in the Golden State, according to the Irvine-based RealtyTrac Inc. Los Angeles County accounted for nearly 12,000 of the month’s foreclosures. But while legislation moved forward last week to allow judges to modify the terms of a home’s first mortgage in a bankruptcy proceeding, it faced fierce objections from Republicans who said it would drive up interest rates. last_img read more

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Celebrations for Carndonagh in National Enterprise Town Awards

first_imgThere were great celebrations for the Carndonagh business community last night after their triumph in the Bank Of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards.Carndonagh was named as the regional winner of the Connacht/Ulster award for towns with a population between 2,000-5,000.The Carndonagh Traders Association were over the moon with the award which celebrates the vision, teamwork and enterprising spirit of the Inishowen town. The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2019 took place in Kilkenny, where Kilkenny was named Ireland’s most enterprising town of 2019, taking home the trophy and a cash prize of €33,000. Celebrations for Carndonagh in National Enterprise Town Awards was last modified: December 6th, 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)last_img read more

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This Rangers line-up to topple Celtic with Liverpool starlet and more signings?

first_img scrap Gerrard has taken his first steps into management with Rangers Mikael Lustig could be replaced by Fabian Schar as Rodgers looks to fix a weakness in his team Latest Scottish football news Celtic have also got back to work under Brendan Rodgers, who has guided the Hoops to domestic trebles in both of his two seasons in charge at Parkhead.The Bhoys are currently partaking in a training camp in Austria, with the summer signings of Scott Bain and Odsonne Edouard – both who spent last season on loan with Celtic – already wrapped up.Both teams are interested in further strengthening before the start of the Scottish Premiership campaign on the first weekend of August, and it is likely the starting line-ups in the first Old Firm derby – scheduled for September 1 at Parkhead – will be very different from those seen in the last Celtic v Rangers clash, won by Rodgers’ side back in April. 4 4 But how could those starting XIs look? talkSPORT have taken a tactical look at both Celtic and Rangers ahead of the new season, and have predicted how both sides will line-up in 2018/19.Rodgers started last season consistently utilising his favoured 4-2-3-1 system, but as the campaign wore on he switched to a 3-4-2-1, even if for the 5-0 rout of Rangers he reverted back to his traditional formation.In the 3-4-2-1, Rodgers had Kristoffer Ajer acting as the ball-carrying central defender who would move out the back-line to support the midfield, with Olivier Ntcham and captain Scott Brown patrolling the centre of the park.The two attacking players behind the striker start out wide and drift towards the No.10 position to create chances, while the forward has to be comfortable dropping outside the box to support play. Steven Gerrard has started his work at Rangers as he looks to end Celtic’s hold on the Scottish Premiership.Gerrard, the Liverpool legend, officially took up the reins at Ibrox earlier this month, and he’s already brought in seven new players – six on permanent deals and one, Ovie Ejaria, on a loan basis from Liverpool. The one issue for Celtic last season, which came from playing with a three-man defence, was found in the wing-back position.Though Kieran Tierney is perfectly suited to the role on the left, James Forrest, selected on the right, struggled at times. Naturally an attacking player, Forrest had to do too much defensive work by himself to make up for Mikael Lustig’s weaknesses; Lustig struggles to deal with pace and is slow in possession, problems which would often force himself to come under pressure.Rodgers is looking to solve this defensive issue by bringing in a replacement for Lustig in the right-sided centre-back position, and a replacement for Forrest for the wing-back role.Fabian Schar, the Switzerland international, and Moses Odubajo, who is leaving Hull when his contract expires at the end of June, are reported targets for the respective positions. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 4 Looking at Rangers, Gerrard has given no indication as to what system he will be utilising at Ibrox, although his work as manager of Liverpool’s Under-18s do give some hints. At the beginning of his spell in charge of the young Reds, Gerrard alternated between a 4-4-2 diamond and a 4-2-3-1, but he started to change towards a 3-4-3 later in the campaign due to some injury problems.Gerrard may consider it a risk to start his senior managerial career using a three-at-the-back system, as they are so hard to perfect, so the more traditional 4-2-3-1 seems likely.Many of the signings already confirmed by Rangers fit this system; Allan McGregor in goal; Jon Flanagan, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson joining James Tavernier in a new-look back-line; Ovie Ejaria and Scott Arfield alongside Ryan Jack in midfield.Gerrard hasn’t made much progress with upgrading the two wide players and centre-forward  in Rangers’ squad – aside from making Jamie Murphy’s loan move permanent – so the likely front three appears to be Josh Windass and Murphy on the wings, with Alfredo Morelos leading the line.The Gers are attempting to sign Umar Sadiq on loan from Roma, and he could replace Morelos up front, although Gerrard may offer the 21-year-old time to settle in Scotland before throwing him into the starting line-up. 4 The line-ups from Celtic 5-0 Rangers, played April 29, 2018 Will these be the line-ups in the first Old Firm derby of 2018/19? talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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DONEGAL LADIES GAA: MINORS LOST OUT IN ULSTER FINAL – U-14s IMPRESS IN BLITZ

first_imgBY DONEGAL LADIES GAA: Hard luck to the Donegal Minor Ladies who suffered a defeat to Tyrone in the Ulster Minor A Final today in Monaghan Harps GAA Grounds.Final score 4-13 to 2-5. A sincere thank you to all the players and management team of Hugh Donnelly, Maureen O’ Donnell and Kelly Wilson for their hard work, commitment and dedication during the season and for representing Donegal with pride.Meanwhile the U14 Ladies had a successful day at the National Blitz in Kinnegad today as they beat Galway and Down but unfortunately Westmeath topped the group as they beat Donegal by 4pts. A good weekend was had by all and we congratulate the girls on their fine performances throughout the Season. A big thank you to their management team of Dermott Foy, Karen Houston and Pauric Mc Croary and team medics Fionnuala Gillespie and Martina Mc Gee. The girls will have a well deserved break from county football over the summer months but preparation is already underway for development squads which will start in September. DONEGAL LADIES GAA: MINORS LOST OUT IN ULSTER FINAL – U-14s IMPRESS IN BLITZ was last modified: May 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL LADIES GAA: MINORS LOST OUT IN ULSTER FINAL – U-14s IMPRESS IN BLITZlast_img read more

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Sophia Foster talks about mentoring

first_imgJazz singer Sophia Foster started the Fostering Foundation to teach young people the skills she had learned in her years in the entertainment industry.Jazz singer Sophia Foster says she’s always been a mentor, for example, through encouraging her back-up singers: “I hope to see you in front someday,” she would tell them. “Whenever I saw one of them take their careers to the next level (go solo), my heart would be full of joy,” she says. (Image: Triple M Entertainment)Melissa JavanSouth African jazz singer Sophia Foster warns the students she mentors that their attitude can make or break their careers.She has the experience to back her words: Foster has been in the entertainment industry for more than five decades. She set up the Fostering Foundation to teach young people discipline and how to behave if they wanted to take up singing as a career.The training she provides includes microphone control, voice projection, stage presence and choreography.Watch the Sophia Foster show reel, here:BackgroundFoster’s career started in the late 1960s, when she joined the travelling entertainers, the Golden City Dixies. Initially she was dancer, but she soon grew into more of a singing career, according to The Journalist.As her career blossomed, she turned to one-woman musical extravaganzas such as Hey Sister and Nancy’s Dues.Recently, she directed Women In Song at Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town.To house the Fostering Foundation, she converted her double garage at her home into a studio. “I started doing one-on-one teachings more than a year ago. In June this year, we will officially launch the Fostering Foundation at the Artscape Theatre Centre’s Arena.”Her students travel from as far away as Paarl to attend her classes, which are held in the Cape Town suburb of Milnerton. “I find that I am driving up and down a lot, because I don’t want children to feel excluded if they have trouble finding transport. I’m doing it pro bono.”The studentsHer students are between the ages of 12 and 24. “I wish to get people younger than that. I believe the younger you start [with mentorship] the better. At that young age you can still teach discipline,” she adds.“Nowadays with technology, people have certain attitudes that don’t work with this industry. If you have an attitude from an early age, you can make enemies; people in the industry can say ‘I don’t want to work with this person.’“I always tell my students that you can be left behind, standing at the bus stop while the others drive away with the bus. You have to be a team player.”Watch Sophia Foster perform with Vicky Sampson:Asked if she had ever seen herself in one of her students, she replies: “I had this one woman, I think she’s 23. The first time I saw her she was doing a production in a community hall. When I saw her I thought: ‘Oh my goodness! That’s my mini me!’ I was moved when I saw her.“When I got her to my class, she fitted in. She was enthusiastic, and grateful to have someone like me. She welcomed my mentorship.”Sadly, the young woman was not as dedicated as a young Foster had been. “When we had a production, she couldn’t attend regular rehearsals, so I had to cut her out of the production.“For me, you are either dedicated or you are not. If you are passionate, you will be dedicated.” However, she also warns that talented people should be careful of becoming big-headed, which could lead you to losing your dedication.Students must audition for Foster’s mentorship. “I let them sing songs of different genres. They then answer a list of questions. I then take it from there.”The productionsFostering Foundation students have already done three performances at different venues. The first one, at Artscape, was the Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert during Youth Month in 2017.“I saw how they improved at each venue they performed at,” says Foster.“A lot of them had grown so much since coming to me. [When they came] they were kids who barely had confidence.”Her goalHer goal is to prepare the students to present themselves. “When they walk into [an audition] they should be prepared and professional enough to do what is expected.“In this industry it’s not about the talent, it’s about what you do with the talent. Because you are young you have to be guided so that you know how to conduct yourself in a professional and precise manner.”Knowing this can help you sustain your career.Always learningAbout her own work in the industry, she says she “has slowed down”, preferring to focus on mentoring rather than performing these day.“In the past, whenever I focused on mentoring people, it would be disrupted by my having to travel to perform somewhere. I’m at a stage in my life where I’m not chasing anything. What I’m doing now is for the passion. I slowed down so that I wouldn’t have to travel so much [and be away from the students].But she still goes to watch theatre productions and performances, whether local or abroad. “There’s always something to learn, because people do things differently.“It’s always rewarding for me [to attend theatre shows.]”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Will Microsoft’s Streaming Music Service Hinder Spotify US Release?

first_imgUS audiences are in for a listening treat. It turns out that Swedish on-demand streaming music service Spotify is set to officially launch to US audiences in the late Summer. Up until now, Spotify’s American fans have either had to use foreign proxy servers to access the service or they’ve simply gone without. The service is currently available in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Spain, France and Finland. Despite only being available in a select few countries, Spotify already has more than 5 million users and is often mentioned as a competitor to Grooveshark and Imeem.By working with labels to negotiate music licensing and revenue models, the company hopes to provide audiophiles with one of the largest legal streaming music services to date. European deals with major labels including Universal, Sony, Warner and EMI have helped solidify this mission, and with 5 million current files, the company is well on its way. As with most streaming music services, much of Spotify’s success in the US will depend on their ability to solidify US licensing deals and monetize via a premium ad-free service. According to Forbes journalist, Javier Espinoza, “Another looming threat [to Spotify]: Microsoft is launching a very similar music streaming service later in July, a service that also allows users to download the music, something Spotify still won’t allow members to do.” Nevertheless, the question is, will Microsoft be able to provide cross-format support and separate itself from its lackluster music devices in order to build a site that consumers will enjoy? If it can’t, Spotify will have nothing to worry about. Besides, in late June, Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek made the following statement to the Register, ” We’re working on a one-click download solution with 7Digital, press buy, press OK and you buy a recording. My hope is to get it out in the next couple of months.”Demonstrated at Google’s late May I/O conference, Spotify’s Android already caches music for easy offline play. An iPhone app version is already reportedly in the works. If you can play all of your favorite music from your cached play list, how important is it for the average user to have the access to the original file? Below is a look at the current Android app, let us know your listening habits in the comments below. dana oshiro 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Tags:#music#web center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Dust storm hits Delhi; 26 districts of U.P. warned of thunderstorms

first_imgA dust storm accompanied by squall hit the national capital on May 13 after a scorching hot morning.In a sudden change of weather, the sky turned cloudy around 4.30 p.m. and gusty winds swept the city.The temperature was recorded at 30.6°C. The humidity was recorded at 60% at 8.30 a.m., a weather department official said. The Met office has forecast light rains will follow the dust storm.The India Meteorological Department on May 12 forecast thunderstorm accompanied by squall in Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. It had also forecast parts of Rajasthan might witness dust storm.Thunderstorm over these hill States and its subsequent effect on plains in North India is due to a new western disturbance, the IMD had said. “Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are also very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Vidharbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Kerala,” the IMD had said in an advisory said. Warning issued for 26 U.P. districts Meanwhile, the weather office has warned that thunderstorm and dust storm with wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour were “very likely” on May 14 in 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh.It said the districts that could be affected are: Bahraich, Shrawasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Siddharth Nagar, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Sant Kabir Nagar, Basti, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Azamgargh, Ambedkar Nagar, Mau, Deoria, Ballia, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Pratapgargh, Allahabad, Sant Ravidas Nagar, Varanasi, Chandauli, Mirzapur and Sonbhadra.The IMD has also forecast rain in isolated parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and said the weather is most likely to remain dry in western U.P.On May 9, several parts of the State were hit by a severe storm that left 18 dead and 27 others injured. Five people died in Etawah district, three each in Mathura, Aligarh and Agra, two in Firozabad and one each in Hathras and Kanpur Dehat.Thunderstorms and lightning on May 2-3 killed 134 people and injured over 400 in U.P., Rajasthan, Telangana, Utttarakhand and Punjab. U.P. was the worst affected, accounting for 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district.last_img read more

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