The Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Board of Directors in the 2015/16 year.Individuals who wish to apply must be a current member of the Chamber already.The Chamber says benefits of serving as a Director include “holding a leadership role in the community and the exciting opportunity to continue to attract and encourage more sustainable businesses, as well as offering new ideas that will positively affect the Fort St. John region and businesses.”- Advertisement -A Board Director’s duties include attending monthly meetings, contributing to the organization by sitting on at least one committee, and attending Chamber functions including mixers, luncheons, and special events – to support the Chamber of Commerce.To find out more, contact the Chamber by phone at 250-785-6037, or email at [email protected] Chamber first announced the Board Election on October 5th. They have now called for nominations, and that call will close on the Second Monday of November – which is November 9th.Advertisement Ballots will be mailed at the nomination lunch, and the deadline for Ballots is November 30th.The elected directors will be announced at the first Chamber meeting in December.
The Bay Area’s baseball broadcast teams are playing a bit shorthanded this weekend.With Duane and Glen Kuiper back home in Wisconsin for their father’s funeral service, NBC Sports Bay Area has been making use of its deep bench.Henry Kuiper, a farmer and local softball legend in Racine, Wisconsin, died Wednesday at 94.On Sunday afternoon’s broadcast of the Giants’ game at the Diamondbacks, Jon Miller will be working in a two-man booth for NBCSBA along with longtime Giants color analyst Mike …
The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has wound down to one ship after a Chinese vessel headed to Fremantle on December 3 to decommission a remotely operated vehicle before heading back to Shanghai.The departure comes as a lengthy search of a 120,000 sq. km slice of the Indian Ocean identified as the most likely site of the crash by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and international experts is due to end in January-February.Ministers from Malaysia, Australia and China determined in July that the search would be suspended once the 120,000km area had been searched but left open the possibility it could be extended if credible new evidence leading to a specific location emerged.Searchers are known to be keen to continue the operation and experts from around the world met in Canberra early last month to review the evidence. A report on the three-day meeting has yet to be released.The Dong Hai Jiu 101, had been hosting the US-owned Phoenix Remora III remotely operated vehicle (ROV) used to check unusual sea floor sonar contacts identified in previous sweeps and conducted 33 dives since October.The sonar contacts were anomalies found in previous sweeps that did not fit the profile of a typical aircraft debris field but raised questions about their origin.The underwater vehicle, which was tethered to the ship via a cable , confirmed that the contacts were geological or man-made items such as cables, drums and a box.None were related to the crashed Boeing 777-200ER, which went missing in mysterious circumstances in March, 2014, with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board while travelling between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.The remaining ship, the Fugro Equator, will continue search operations using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) after resupplying in Fremantle.The torpedo-like Hugin 4500V AUV comes-equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system and uses the latest battery technology to allow it to operate for 30 hours, travelling at about four knots.Highly manoeuvrable and with a turning radius of about 15m, it is equipped with sonar and video surveillance equipment. It is generally programmed to search a particular area and the data downloaded after it returns to the ship but it can also receive commands though an acoustic system.It is used to search irregular and difficult terrain or to reacquire sonar contacts needing further investigation.The ATSB said the Fugro Equator had completed four AUV operations in the past week , with an average duration of 23 hours.The Chinese ship’s departure as comes a group of relatives of the MH370 victims travelled to Madagascar to conduct a self-funded search for plane debris and Malaysian aviation investigators collected six pieces of suspected MH370 wreckage found six months ago by US debris hunter Blaine Gibson.The seven family members claimed their actions embarrassed the investigators into travelling to Madagascar to retrieve the debris found by Gibson but this was denied by Malaysia authorities, who labelled it a “coincidence’’.Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told the Malay Mail that the investigators would discuss the debris with their Australian counterparts.
Workers put up a hoarding for the Commonwealth Games 2010 near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI PhotoExasperated at not being able to take over Commonwealth Games venues due to ongoing work, Union Home Ministry on Sunday asked Delhi Police not to wait for the Organising Committee to hand it over to them and start deploying forces at the earliest.The direction to Delhi Police, the nodal agency for Games security, came from Union Home Secretary G K Pillai at a review meeting held in New Delhi on Sunday evening to take stock of the preparations of security agencies for the event, sources said.”Don’t wait for the OC to hand over the venues to you. The work is still on but don’t compromise on security. Start deploying forces and tighten security at the venues. Have a standby arrangement,” a senior police official who attended the meeting summed up Pillai’s direction to Delhi Police.CLICK HERE FOR MORESnake charmers to keep Village safeCWG situation sad, says AdvaniCWG Village: From filthy to five-starSuresh Kalmadi: In the eye of a stormPillai is also understood to have asked Delhi Police to prepare a “standby” security plan as the work was undergoing in Games Village as well as Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.Police are yet to ensure a complete lockdown of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, missing five deadlines set by the Home Ministry due to ongoing construction works.In the meeting, sources said, Pillai was also apprised about the difficulties faced by personnel in using the TETRA network for communication.advertisementWhen asked by Pillai for a feedback on TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio), sources said, the senior officials informed him that connectivity was a “problem” and effective communication was affected due to this.Sources indicated that Delhi Police may go back to its TM (Top Management) Network for communication. “Most probably, we may go back to TM Network,” a senior police official said.After the meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal, NSG Director General R K Medhekar, senior police officials, Games venue commanders and district police heads, Pillai said he was satisfied with the security arrangements for the Games.PM Manmohan Singh inaugurates a sports injury centre at the Safdurjung hospital in New Delhi. PTI Photo”We had a complete review of security arrangements, looking at various issues and anticipating what type of threats could arise. We are trying to make sure that we are fully prepared to meet any eventuality,” Pillai told reporters after the 90-minute meeting.He said the review meet was held to ask the officials to be alert as it is a major task for Delhi Police to ensure security “not just for athletes and Games venues but for the entire city itself”.”The aim of the review was to ensure that the whole of Delhi is safe and not just the Games venues which of course has received special attention,” the top official said.File photo of CGF CEO Mike Hooper talking on the phone at the Games Village in New Delhi. Hooper said the developers of the venues did not hand them over to the OC on time and this has led to the current crisis. PTI PhotoHooper says CGF also responsible for CWG messTaking a U-turn, CGF CEO Mike Hooper on Sunday owned up the responsibility for the mess around the Commonwealth Games after blaming India’s central and state governments for all the problems.Hooper told New Zealand media that the Commonwealth Games Federation cannot be held responsible for the Organising Committee’s failure to meet deadlines but later said the apex sport body also has “the same responsibility as any other stakeholder”.CGF boss Mike Fennell had on Saturday admitted that they will have to share the blame for the shoddy preparations of the mega event.Team officials give thumbs-up to CWG VillageIn what would be music to ears of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, officials accompanying the various teams on Sunday gave a thumbs-up to the Games Village, which was a few days back dubbed “filthy and unlivable” by foreign delegates.Officials from Jersey, Cameroon and Trinidad and Tobago seemed satisfied with the condition of their respective residential towers and said things are getting better and better with every passing day.”We are happy with our residential block. It’s good and there are no hygiene or cleanliness related issues. Things are getting better every day with officials working round the clock,” Moundi Bouba, Medical Personnel, Cameroon told PTI.advertisement”Good arrangements have been made by the organisers. 16 athletes and four team officials from Cameroon are staying at the Games village at present. We have not found anything to complain about,” said Michel Nkolo, another team official from Cameroon.Severe delays in the completion of work in the Village forced Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Michael Fennell to contact the Indian authorities and urge them to finish work on accommodation.Fennell said advance parties from the international Commonwealth Games Associations had been impressed with the international zone and main dining area within the village, but the condition of the residential zone shocked the majority of them.Dianne Huddlestone, wife of Jersey’s chef de mission Paul Huddlestone and staying at the village as an accompanying guest, said security arrangements, dining, cleaning of the residential complexes, all have been taken care of by the organisers.”We are staying at tower number 7 and occupying nine flats. We moved here four days back and I’m enjoying every minute of my stay. Organisers have offered big living area to us. Security has also been taken due care by the concerned officials. It’s just amazing to be here.”Food is of excellent quality. I’m gorging on fish curry, vegetable curry and naan bread. It’s just great. We are five people staying at the village at present and 52 athletes will arrive here on Wednesday,” Huddlestone said.Paul Newallo, team official, Trinidad and Tobago, said condition at the village is getting better and the organisers are trying their best to meet the deadlines.”We are satisfied with the efforts organisers are putting in to get certain things done on time. Although our living area is still incomplete they are trying their best. In 2-3 days, our second batch of athletes are likely to arrive in India and then we all move in here,” Newallo said. MORE At present, 25 Trinidad and Tobago athletes, including team officials, are staying at Hotel Ashok. Cycling, boxing, archery and shooting teams have arrived and two hockey teams, netball, track and field teams are scheduled to arrive here by Wednesday.”Our athletes are enjoying dal and rice very much including some good vegetable curries. Hopefully, India will shine as a host nation and we are looking forward to the start of the Games,” Newallo added.The build-up to the Games has been plagued by problems with construction of venues and infrastructure falling behind schedule, allegations of wide-scale corruption in awarding contracts and foreign delegates raising doubts over security and safety of the athletes.With inputs from PTI
Los Angeles, Jun 24 (PTI) TV personality Kendra Wilkinson Baskett says she would support her seven-year-son Hank IV to pursue any profession as long as it has nothing to do with showbiz.The 32-year-old television host says she would want her elder child to explore his talent in some other field, such as being in sports like his father Hank Bassett III, former American football player, reported Entertainment Tonight.”Im telling you right now, (my son) has already been scouted and spotted and seen. The reason why Im working here in Vegas right now is to take him on a trip to Europe to introduce him to real soccer. He will be an athlete, theres no question about it.”Whatever he wants to do, he can do, except for (on Tuesday), he goes I want to be a celebrity. Im like, Stop now! Stop! No! You need to have some talent, meaning, do what I do on stage and put a different muscle in your brain to use,” Wilkinson says.The model is also a mother to daughter Alijah, two. PTI RDS SHD
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Keown slams quality of Leno: Cech superiorby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Martin Keown has slammed the quality of Bernd Leno.The Gunners lost 5-1 at Liverpool on Saturday.Keown slammed the defenders in their poor efforts for some of Liverpool’s goals, and he also questioned the quality of goalkeeper Leno.”Leno didn’t even make the German squad,” said Keown. “Is he better than Petr Cech? No I don’t think so, but Petr Cech hasn’t played since September.”
Pretty much every team that survives its first two games and advances to the Sweet 16 has the right to be pleased with its performance. But four men’s teams — Duke, Arizona, Michigan State and Gonzaga — should be especially giddy. Their odds of winning the championship have improved the most so far.In the table below, I’ve compared the 16 surviving teams in two ways: First, by the change in their power rating in the FiveThirtyEight forecast since before the tournament began, and second, by the change in their probability of winning the tournament.Teams’ power ratings can change for two reasons. Our model updates the power ratings at the end of each game based on how a team performs relative to its expectations. A team that wins by an especially wide margin, or that wins as an underdog, will see the largest gains. By contrast, a team’s power rating may decline if it wins by a smaller-than-expected margin.We’re also continually updating the model with new data on player injuries. Two injury situations are the most critical so far: North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks’ Sweet 16 status is uncertain after he hurt his knee in the Tar Heels’ Saturday win against Arkansas. And Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson has yet to play despite hopes that he might have returned.Apart from the changes in its power rating, a team’s chances of winning the tournament can change because its draw becomes harder or easier. Michigan State’s probability has improved not just because they beat Virginia, for instance, but also because the No. 1 seed in the East region, Villanova, was ousted by North Carolina State.Here’s a quick look at the teams with the largest shift in their probability:Duke’s championship probability has roughly doubled to 11.9 percent from 5.7 percent. The Blue Devils won their first two games easily, and they were helped by losses elsewhere in the bracket, especially to Iowa State, their one-time potential opponent in the Elite Eight.Arizona’s chances have improved to 14.5 percent from 9.5 percent. The Wildcats have also been helped by an upset: Instead of facing No. 3 seed Baylor in their Sweet 16 game, they’ll get Xavier. It helps, too, that Wisconsin, Arizona’s potential Elite Eight opponent, has not looked as strong as the model had them originally.Almost everything has gone Michigan State’s way: The Spartans beat the No. 2 seed in their region, Virginia, and got a lot of credit for it in the model. But the No. 1 seed in the East, Villanova, was eliminated too. The Spartans are now the favorite to reach the Final Four from the East and have some chance to go further than that — they were underseeded to begin with, and will stay reasonably close to home for the rest of the tournament with the remaining games in Syracuse and Indianapolis. (Plus, there’s Tom Izzo’s amazing run of postseason success, although the model doesn’t give them any extra credit for that.)Gonzaga won easily on Sunday against an Iowa team that looked excellent in its opening game. Its path has also gotten easier because of the elimination of Iowa State, a team they could have played in Sweet 16. Instead, they’re 75 percent favorites to win their grudge match against UCLA.By contrast, Wisconsin and North Carolina’s probabilities have declined slightly, partly because of their injury issues and partly because Arizona looms large in the West regional, which will be played in Los Angeles. Wisconsin also played a closer game against Oregon than the model expected.Still, Wisconsin retains the fourth-best overall chance to win the tournament, after Kentucky, Arizona and Duke. And even if the Badgers don’t win the tournament, their chances of winning an NCAA spelling bee are up after they learned all about stenography this weekend. What’s a 10-letter word for “in the hunt?”Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman should have just kept his mouth shut. The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday that Coleman sent a two-page letter to NBA Commissioner David Stern in which he stated his interest in attracting an NBA franchise to central Ohio and Nationwide Arena. Coleman presides over a city that already has one professional team – the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets – and it’s a team that is perpetually out-shined by Ohio State athletics. Everyone knows Columbus is a Buckeyes town, so that was a dent in the mayor’s argument before he even smudged the postage stamp on his letter to Stern. Upon peeling Coleman’s correspondence open, a few more dents were likely exposed. Coleman’s argument to the NBA for bringing professional basketball to Columbus included arguments amounting to, “our arena situation is now stable,” and “big businesses exist in this city.” Of course, noting that your arena situation has been stabilized calls into question why it was unstable in the first place. According to the Dispatch report, one of Coleman’s zingers to Stern was something to the affect of, “we have the lowest unemployment rate in the state.” The lowest unemployment rate in a rustbelt state? That might be a fact, but not necessarily a reassurance to Stern. What I’m truly surprised by is that he didn’t include that Columbus appears on all United States maps, and is, in fact, the capital of Ohio. Another reason Coleman should have kept it zipped is because the unintended consequences of his letter stretched to Cleveland and back. Coleman’s letter also elicited a response from Cleveland Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, according to The Dispatch, who said he’d have to weigh whether he’d allow another NBA franchise to move in-state. “I haven’t even studied the demographics of Columbus to know if they could handle two sports teams,” Gilbert told The Dispatch. Then Columbus’ Major League Soccer franchise, the Columbus Crew, took exception to Gilbert’s comments, as any self-respecting professional sports organization would. From the Twitter account, @ColumbusCrew, the MLS team tweeted Thursday afternoon: “Looks like #Crew96 fans should let Dan Gilbert know that there are already two professional sports teams in Columbus.” That tiny spat between organizations could have easily been avoided if Coleman hadn’t sent the letter. Like the rest of us, I’m sure Colelman had fun fantasizing about having an NBA team in town. But that doesn’t mean you go grab the NBA commissioner’s attention over it, or write him a letter for that matter. This isn’t 1920 – email or call Stern, or set up a Skype date with him and your potential investors (if there are any) and conduct some business. It’s going to take more than some City of Columbus letterhead to attract an NBA franchise to this market anyway.
Ricardo Rodriguez will reportedly remain at AC Milan for this season after positive talksThe Swiss full-back had only joined the Rossoneri last summer, but has been strongly linked with a departure due to Milan’s ongoing struggles with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulationsArsenal, AS Monaco, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain had all expressed an interest in Rodriguez.But Football-Italia reports that Rodriguez and his agent, Gianluca Di Domenico, arrived at Casa Milan this morning and held positive discussions with the management.Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Apparently, Milan have assured the 26-year-old that they wish to retain him.The player himself is understood to be happy to at the San Siro.Rodriguez made 34 Serie A appearances last season for the Rossoneri and played in all four of Switzerland’s World Cup matches this summer.He made his first start of the new season in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Napoli and is contracted until June 2021.