first_imgBy WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Matawan Regional High School’s boys’ soccer team, which was one of the most dangerous scoring teams with its sheer team speed a year ago when it won its first Shore Conference A North Division title, has to find ways to get the ball in the back of the net these days if it wants to return to the Shore Conference and NJSIAA tournaments.Only three starters graduated, but fleetfooted Alex Cella, who has been scoring goals at Brookdale Community College, and Matt Isaacson, son of new head coach Tyler Isaacson and who is off to a college career in the pole vault for Monmouth University’s track and field team, carried much of the scoring load last season.This season, the Huskies have scored only seven goals in their last nine games and, at 4-5-3, need at least two wins in their next three games before this weekend’s cutoff. Matawan has scored two or more goals in a game only three times this season.Monmouth Regional High School dealt Matawan a setback in its tournament bids Oct. 9 when it pulled out a 1-0 victory on a goal about midway through the first half. Matawan had beaten Monmouth Regional, 4-1, amid a 3-0 start to the season, but it was only the third time the low-scoring Huskies have been shut out.“Goals have been hard to come by,” coach Isaacson said. “It’s a couple of things. We’ve had unlucky breaks, but that evens up over the season. And we’ve had a lot of opportunities, but it’s creating more opportunities in the box. Sometimes they tend to make the extra pass at times when they need to be selfish and take the shot.”The Huskies host Manasquan High School (7-5-1) Oct. 17. Manasquan defeated Matawan, 2-0, earlier in the season. The Huskies need a win to make the Shore Conference Tournament. A loss or tie would fall short of qualifying.“Making the Shore Conference Tournament is more difficult,” Isaacson said.The coach pointed out teams must be .500 or better by the cutoff, whereas the NJSIAA goes by power points. Isaacson said the Huskies had been seeded No. 10 out of 20 teams in the state bracket as of late last week. The top 16 teams reach the state tournament.“We’re in a real good position for states,” the coach said.Each of the tournaments presents a different type of challenge.“In the Shore Conference, you can be playing Group III and Group IV schools, and we’re a Group II,” Isaacson said. “In the states, you’re competing on a more level playing field against schools your size. This is a marathon where you want to be peaking at the right time and want everybody healthy at the end of the season.”Isaacson also feels assured if the Huskies make the Shore Conference Tournament. “I like our chances there to win a few games and give teams trouble and be competitive,” Isaacson said.Matawan hopes to have senior midfielder Brandon Dhume back at full strength from a strained back. Dhume leads the Huskies with five goals, matching his total from last season.Isaacson, who draws on a wealth of experience as a player that included a college career at Rutgers University and in various levels of coaching, came into this season realizing this team would fall back on its defense, playing only three defenders in a 3-5-2 configuration to stay competitive. Colin Thompson, one of only three seniors in the starting lineup, also is back in the nets.“We’ve allowed the least number of goals in our division with a core group [on defense] going back to last year. We haven’t given up many shots,” said Isaacson, who points to senior Amil Muminovic and juniors Kaleb Mehari and Tyler Chin on the back line.Chin headed in a cross for the goal in a 1-0 victory over Long Branch High School that Isaacson regards as the Huskies’ best victory so far.“Muminovic has done an outstanding job as an outside back anchoring our defense,” Isaacson said of the converted midfielder. “He’s really helped us solidify things there. He’s a hard worker who has played almost every minute.”With the lack of a big scoring punch, Isaacson relies on a possession game with five midfielders to get the ball to forwards John Vail, a junior, and Bob Johns, a sophomore. Along with Dhume and junior Jacob Labinger, the other three starters in the midfield are varsity newcomers: juniors Tyler Walling and Charlie Costello and sophomore Griffin Heyward.“We’re young, but many of the guys played a lot of minutes last year,” Isaacson said.Junior midfielders Liam Nappi and Anthony Quattrocchi and sophomore defender Matthew Weisburg have rotated into the Huskies’ lineup for significant minutes on the pitch.last_img read more

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinThe prospect of seeing Sebastian Vettel beaten for the first time since last July is just one of the many novelties Sunday’s season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix promises to deliver.Just how much trouble Vettel’s Red Bull team might be in is one of the questions waiting for an answer as the sport’s unpredictable new turbo era whooshes into action at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.The quadruple world champion won the last nine races of 2013 but the 26-year-old German spent much of his time during the pre-season tests in Spain and Bahrain watching the car being worked on in the garage.Red Bull are braced for a reality check as they and partners Renault work against the clock to fix the troublesome 1.6 litre V6 hybrid turbo engine and its complicated new energy recovery systems.Rivals Mercedes, under new leadership following the departure of Ross Brawn, have been racking up the laps with far less hassle.“Mercedes have got a bit of a march on people. They invested more, they invested earlier. They’ve got themselves into a good position,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told reporters.“If Mercedes were to finish two laps ahead of the opposition in Melbourne, that wouldn’t be a surprise, based on what we’ve seen in pre-season testing. It’s massive.“From what we can see at the moment, all the Mercedes powered teams are in pretty decent shape and we’re not.“We’re on the back foot, and have a lot of ground to catch up,” added the Briton, who now has Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the lineup following compatriot Mark Webber’s retirement.Horner’s words may be a part of the pre-season mind games, repositioning Red Bull as underdogs but Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have sounded quietly confident about a car that is sleeker than many of its ‘ugly’ new-look rivals.“With all the changes within the sport and the hard work that’s been going on within the team, I believe this can be our year to really show what we’re capable of,” said Hamilton, the 2008 world champion with McLaren.“I feel like I’m equipped with the tools I need to succeed. I can’t wait to get started,” added the Briton, whose win in Hungary last July was the last by anyone other than Vettel.Ferrari will be hoping to challenge with their new lineup of champions following the return of Finland’s 2007 title winner Kimi Raikkonen – triumphant in Melbourne for Lotus last year – to partner Fernando Alonso.The cars will sound different without the old V8 engines and will also be far less reliable at first, with any repairs likely to take far longer due to the complexity of the power units.How many cars will start from the grid, let alone finish the race now that fuel economy is a big factor, is another uncertainty. Some insiders have predicted that Sunday evening could see less than half the field reach the chequered flag.In 1996, when Melbourne first hosted the grand prix, only 11 cars made it to the finish in a race won by Britain’s Damon Hill in a Williams.That team had a nightmare season last year, the former champions taking only a meagre five points and finishing ninth overall, but they are more optimistic now they have switched Renault power for Mercedes.Brazilian Felipe Massa, who has joined Williams from Ferrari, lapped faster than anyone in Bahrain testing and was able to put in plenty of laps.“The new car we have is really well built, good quality… it is very reliable and not slow either so it’s going to be an exciting season,” Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas told Reuters.“Like I’ve kept saying for a couple of years now, I really think the future of Williams is going to be good and hopefully this can be a step forward from other years.”McLaren, starting their last season with Mercedes before the switch to Honda, are also looking for a strong start after failing to step on the podium at all last year and ousting principal Martin Whitmarsh.Jenson Button, who spoke movingly last week of how much he will miss his father in the first race since his death in January, has an exciting new team mate in 21-year-old Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen.“We’re not the quickest,” said the 2009 champion, who has won in Australia three times in the last five years. “We’re looking at Q3 (qualifying in the top 10) and then a very good points finish at the end, if we can get to the end.”last_img read more

first_imgChairman of Madang Football Club, Dr Miok Komolong upon receiving the cheque from PNGFA senior vice president, John Wesley Gonjuan, said the assistance was timely and thanked PNGFA for their assistance.“I commend PNG Football Association for the timely assistance and for the mother body to step in is something we value and appreciate very much.“We’re looking forward for our campaign in New Caledonia and to make PNG proud, said Komolong.Gonjuan said the financial assistance is PNGFA’s mission for this year to support clubs participating in the 2017 OFC Champion League challenge.He said the money will go towards assisting the team in their preparation and their stay in New Caledonia.Gonjuan told the players that as sports personnel, they must be role models, promoting good cooperation and positive values when on the field of play.The PNGFA also praised the U-17 side following their historic 2-1 win over Tahiti at the OFC U-17 Championship and hopes their success spur Madang FC and Lae City Dwellers to achieve the same result at the OFC Champions League.Madang is in Group A with host Magenta FC of New Caledonia, AS Central of Tahiti and Lupe Ole Soaga of Samoa.Madang meets AS Central Sports in their opening clash at Stade Numa Daly on February 25.last_img read more

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Over the past decade, Norway has spent $3 billion to support efforts to keep forests standing in all of the world’s major rainforest countries, helping to elevate forest protection as a globally important cause (and climate solution) in the process.But it’s time to take stock of what’s worked and what hasn’t, in terms of both tropical forest protection in general and Norway’s particular role in facilitating forest conservation, and chart a new course forward — that’s the premise of a new report from Rainforest Foundation Norway titled “Saving the rainforest 2.0.”The report, released last week as hundreds of policymakers and conservationists met at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum hosted by Norway, identifies key barriers to stopping the destruction of the world’s forests and offers several recommendations for how the world can more successfully combat deforestation. Over the past decade, Norway has spent $3 billion to support efforts to keep forests standing in all of the world’s major rainforest countries, helping to elevate forest protection as a globally important cause (and climate solution) in the process.But it’s time to take stock of what’s worked and what hasn’t, in terms of both tropical forest protection in general and Norway’s particular role in facilitating forest conservation, and chart a new course forward — that’s the premise of a new report from Rainforest Foundation Norway titled “Saving the rainforest 2.0.”The report, released last week as hundreds of policymakers and conservationists met at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum hosted by Norway, identifies key barriers to stopping the destruction of the world’s forests and offers several recommendations for how the world can more successfully combat deforestation.Incidentally, last week also saw the release of deforestation data from the University of Maryland in the U.S. that showed tropical countries lost 158,000 square kilometers (39 million acres) of tree cover in 2017. That’s the equivalent of deforesting an area the size of Bangladesh, marking the second highest annual rate of tree cover loss recorded since the dataset was first compiled in 2001, and it was primarily driven by land clearance for agriculture.“As long as deforestation and forest degradation is happening at alarming rates, it is obvious that we’re doing some things wrong,” Øyvind Eggen, executive director of Rainforest Foundation Norway, said in a statement accompanying the release of the new report. “The world needs new ideas, better policies and more efficient use of financial resources if we’re going to win this battle.”Though one of the top recommendations made in the report is for richer, developed countries to scale up international development aid as a means of increasing forest-climate finance, and for Norway in particular to commit to spending 4.5 billion Norwegian krone by 2021, the report lists several measures to protect rainforests that don’t require substantial new funding streams.For instance, many countries have already pledged to support companies in implementing Zero Deforestation Commitments by signing on to the New York Declaration on Forests. According to the report, governments can do this by ensuring that products that don’t contribute to the destruction of forests have improved market access while restricting the market share of products that do generate deforestation. Currently, according to the report, international aid that could potentially have negative impacts on forests is 3.5 times higher than the available funds that support forest conservation and forest restoration.“By using their purchasing power to buy only products from companies that do not aggravate tropical forest destruction, governments can help the most progressive companies substantially,” the report states. “Governments can also introduce import regulations and taxes to limit products that contribute to deforestation — and such measures could be introduced without requiring direct increases in public budgets.”Anders Haug Larsen, a policy adviser at Rainforest Foundation Norway who edited the report, reiterated to Mongabay that “Public procurement policies and import and tax regulations must ensure preference of no-deforestation products. One example is to make sure that biofuels based on palm oil and soy are not accepted, as long as they continue driving deforestation and increase greenhouse gas emissions.”Deforestation in the state of Pará, Brazil. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.The call for regulations to restrict biofuels from palm oil and soy is especially relevant for the European Union, Indonesia, and the aviation industry, according to the report, as they are expected to drive the greater part of demand for those biofuel feedstocks. Indeed, the EU recently announced that it would be phasing out palm oil from motor fuels by 2030, much later than its initial self-imposed deadline of 2021 — a move that Nils Hermann Ranum, head of the policy and campaign department at the Rainforest Foundation Norway, called “totally unacceptable.”In an article included in the report, Dr. Chris Malins, an expert in low carbon and clean fuels policy, notes that over the past two decades biofuels have come to be seen as a sustainable answer to the question of how we decarbonize the transport sector, in large part because it’s widely believed that the most effective course of action is to reduce fossil fuel use at all costs. But, Malins points out, when it comes to agriculture and land use, the best course of action might actually be to protect existing carbon stocks.“Unfortunately, when the biofuel is made from palm oil, the attempted cure accelerates the disease, by increasing rainforest deforestation and driving land-use change related greenhouse gas emissions,” Malins writes. “With the right regulatory action undertaken now to refocus and rescale biofuel policies, millions of hectares of threatened rainforests and peatlands could still be saved.”Recommendations for forest countriesMeanwhile, subsidy reform is one of the chief actions the report suggests that forest countries should take — and donor countries like Norway should make subsidy reform a requirement of any post-2020 bilateral agreements they sign with forest countries, the authors of the report argue. Reforming subsidies and policies to ensure that they are not helping drive deforestation would in turn support forest countries’ efforts to meet the goals of initiatives founded under the framework of the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program, or REDD+.The success of REDD+ has been limited, to some extent, by being framed as a way of paying people not to do something — in this case, cut down forests. But it’s important that forest protection be recognized as a “promising development option for mobilizing finance from the wider economy,” Larsen told Mongabay. “Subsidy reforms is an important part of this, and donor countries like Norway should facilitate these efforts through new bilateral agreements.”Charlie Parker, an independent land use consultant, writes in an article included in the report that “Countries where subsidy reform would benefit the REDD+ process are numerous. Indonesia, for example, now accounts for 53% of global production of palm oil, and has subsidies throughout the supply chain that directly and indirectly contribute to land-use change. These include credit subsidies, government guarantees, tax concessions, and a price floor on biofuels; unless these are reformed, it is difficult to see how Indonesia can meet its REDD+ targets.”Other recommendations for rainforest countries made in the report include the need to “prioritize securing land rights for indigenous and other forest-dependent communities, and support plans for the sustainable management of these areas,” as well as a call for forest country governments to “develop regulations and financial incentives for forest restoration.” Natural recovery and regeneration should be the priority of forest restoration efforts, and should be done with the full participation of local communities, per the report.The private sector has a role to play, as well, of course. Glenn Hurowitz, CEO of the NGO Mighty Earth, writes in a paper included in the report — and published here on Mongabay in full last week — that the forest conservation cause may now “depend on the very companies most responsible for environmental destruction” to be the solution. Hurowitz adds: “I suppose we’ve come to a pretty sorry pass if we’re depending in significant measure on these corporations to get us out of this mess. But it’s the pass we’re at, and there’s actually reason to hope that the same companies that got us into this mess can get us out.”Palm oil facility in Malaysia. Photo by Rhett butler.Hurowitz points to the success of the Brazilian Soy Moratorium at halting Amazonian deforestation for soy as a model that can be adopted in other ecosystems and for other commodities.Another key solution is to give more attention to protecting the most valuable and intact primary forests that the world still has standing, Larsen told Mongabay.“Prioritizing intact, primary forests has so far not been a key element for REDD+ in general, and also for Norway, but this is vital to sustain the ecosystem services that forests provide. To achieve this, all support for large-scale logging in intact and primary forests must end. Rainforest countries should develop land-use plans that protect the remaining primary and intact forests, and not allocate such forests to industrial scale logging. Donors like Norway should support such efforts and avoid supporting programs or projects that stimulates industrial scale logging in these areas.”‘Too much forest has been lost the last 10 years’Larsen said that Norway’s efforts over the past decade have been crucial to pushes “at the highest political levels” for world governments to recognize the need to conserve rainforests, which ultimately led to forest protection becoming a core component of the Paris Climate Agreement. He also said that Norway’s support helped make the Amazon Fund an important vehicle for reducing deforestation and helped raise awareness of the need to secure indigenous peoples’ rights as a key element of forest protection in most rainforest countries.Despite those successes, however, Larsen added that “far too much forest has been lost the last 10 years, so we are not where we should be. It’s obvious that Norway is not the main country to blame for that, but REDD+ — including Norway — had for a long time a too narrow focus on carbon accounting, preparing for a carbon market that never emerged.” He suggested that “focusing more on the importance of forest protection for lasting development and the broader social and environmental values could have generated more political will in rainforest countries to protect forests, which we believe is still a main barrier.”A recent report by Norway’s Office of the Auditor General had some sharp criticisms for the country’s International Forests and Climate Initiative (NICFI), one of the chief funders of REDD+ initiatives around the world. While Larsen said that he thinks it’s wrong to criticize Norway for the lack of other donors, as the Auditor General’s report did — “Such a critique should be directed at other countries,” Larsen said — he does agree that that lack of funding from other sources hampered results. “This is why we identify new sources and solutions, such as subsidy reforms and import restrictions on products that contribute to rainforest destruction,” he noted.“The Auditor General concludes, as we do, that changing political priorities in rainforest countries stops or delays measures and results,” Larsen said. For example, after deforestation rates declined in Brazil throughout the 2000s, tree cover loss has increased markedly in the country in recent years, due largely to farmers burning forested land for agricultural purposes. Mikaela Weisse, a research analyst at the World Resources Institute, said that people who clear land using fire are taking advantage of weak enforcement of laws that prohibit fires and deforestation, as well as the current administration’s efforts to roll back environmental protections. Larsen and the authors of the “Saving the rainforest 2.0” report suggest that in cases like these, where political winds have shifted, Norway prioritize support to projects that can help create and maintain political will to tackle the causes of deforestation.“The Norwegian contribution of 500 million USD a year is a lot compared to other such support, but small compared to the turnover of the industries that drive deforestation,” Larsen said. “Transforming agriculture practice in agriculture dependent countries is a major challenge, but the stakes are too high to not try our best. I think the Norwegian effort will maintain at high levels, at least until 2030, as promised by our current government. But I do expect some changes, at least after 2020 when most of the bilateral agreements end and Norway are in a position to include new solutions.”The Solimões River and Amazon rainforest. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Deforestation, Developing Countries, Development, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forests, Palm Oil, Redd, Soy, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

first_img The Varsity Blues men’s water polo team is set to host its seventh annual U of T Fall Classic tournament at the Athletic Centre this weekend (September 27-29). All six OUA schools (U of T, Queen’s, McMaster, Carleton, Western and Ottawa) will be in attendance. Story Links The tournament is the largest ever with 14 teams traveling to Toronto to get in some early season game action. The United States Military Academy (ARMY) is making its first ever appearance in Toronto.  The Blues open the Fall Classic tonight at 9pm vs CAMO (Montreal).  On Saturday U of T will square off against ARMY at 4:30pm and Capital Wave (Ottawa) at 7:30pm.  The final day of action on Sunday sees the Blues facing off with Chicago at 11am and the University of Ottawa at 2:00pm.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Returning club teams from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Ann Arbor (Michigan), Cleveland (Ohio) and Chicago (Illinois) round out the entries.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC government has announced that a new skills training project will provide up to 21 members from the Doig River First Nations with skills that will help them land a job with construction of natural gas pipelines in northeast B.C.So far, 10 participants have completed the pipeline craftsmanship training and wildlife monitoring program and 8 are currently employed with Surerus Pipeline Inc. on the Plateau natural gas pipeline project. The training took place in Fort St. John and was administered by Ready4Work Industry Training Inc.The wildlife monitoring certificate program will be delivered in the Doig River First Nation community by the University of Northern British Columbia, according to a release sent out by the government.“Students will acquire relevant wildlife skills and knowledge for potential use in remote mining, forestry, oil and gas, and LNG projects.”- Advertisement -John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation says the training will help those involved succeed.“This project will provide Doig River First Nation participants with the training needed to work as skilled, certified and safe natural gas pipeline construction workers and wildlife monitors who maintain the safety of crews working in wilderness environments, and keep them aware of the wildlife around them. It’s the kind of training designed to lead to good, well-paying jobs that will benefit Indigenous workers, their families and the Doig River First Nation community.”Advertisement Chief Trevor Makadahay, Doig River First Nation says the training is having a positive impact within the community.“This community-based skills training project is successfully connecting Doig River First Nations members to good jobs in the resource sector and helping to build a better future for all of us.The skills training that is being funded by the B.C. government is providing positive benefits to our members and our community. As more Doig River First Nations members get the qualifications they need for employment and further education, it is having a positive impact for our members and our community.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“We showed up a little early because we’re excited,” Albert Cortez, 27, said. The dog, which Christina Cortez said would be named Katrina or Katie, will be a companion for their beagle, Copper. Christina Cortez, 28, said she was sure the dog went through a traumatic experience in the hurricane and would need a little more attention than other dogs. “We have the time to give to her,” she said. As they left the shelter, a tearful Lenora Lilja watched from a distance. Lilja became a shelter volunteer shortly after the dogs arrived in September because she wanted to do something to help hurricane victims. “They’re victims too, the lost their homes,” she said. She said she has been at the shelter nearly every day, exercising the dogs and letting them know they are loved. “I wanted to be here this morning to say goodbye,” said the 51-year-old Monrovia resident, who gave the dogs pet names such as Mr. Man and Punkin. “I’m sad, but I am happy.” Lilja said she is adopting one of the dogs herself, and will take her home to be with her three other dogs. She too will name her newest pet Katrina. Of the 10 dogs at Baldwin Park, five were adopted Saturday. Two were reunited earlier with their owners. Three dogs have behavioral or medical problems and shelter officials said they will work with them. Carol Weitzman hasn’t had a dog since February, when she had to have her pet put to sleep. The 70-year-old Azusa resident was there Saturday morning to pick up a Katrina beagle to take home. The former librarian said she read about the dogs in the newspaper and came down to the shelter to put her name on list to adopt. She knows this dog may need some extra attention. But she’s ready to for it. And she has his name picked out. “I’m going to name him Buddy cause he’s my buddy.” Animal Care and Control Sgt. Al Gonzalez said it felt good to see the dogs get new owners. “We’re just very happy,” he said. “After all they have been through, they get to go home.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – Five dogs from the Gulf Coast left the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter on Saturday, bound for new lives with adoptive families. And at least two of those pooches will likely be named Katrina. Saturday was the first day people could adopt the dogs displaced by Hurricane Katrina, which ripped through the Gulf Coast in August. The dogs have been at the county-run shelter since Sept. 19 and were among the 124 animals brought to California. Albert and Christina Cortez of Baldwin Park were waiting before the doors opened at 10 a.m., ready to bring home a beagle. last_img read more

first_img 10 2. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – It may only have been a year since Liverpool activated the £32.5m release clause of Benteke, but it seems game over already. The Belgium international simply isn’t suited to Jurgen Klopp’s high-energy, high-pressing style of play, and should he spend another campaign at Anfield, his situation isn’t likely to improve. The problem may be encouraging clubs interested to table an offer close to the figure paid last summer. 9. Victor Moses (Chelsea) – Despite spending three of his four seasons on loan at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United, respectively, it’s time Moses looked to seal a permanent exit from Stamford Bridge. He often features heavily in Chelsea’s pre-season fixtures before quickly being shipped out elsewhere in the Premier League. This can’t possibly have a positive impact on his confidence. The 25-year-old needs to settle at a club. 10 It’ll be a difficult period for some players over the summer.A challenging campaign combined with the uncertainty that arrives with new signings may leave plenty wondering whether their future really lies with their current club.The Premier League saw many a miserable face on the substitutes’ bench last season and the expression of those may be unchanged as the new term approaches.So which players from England’s top flight should consider an exit before the 2016/17 season kicks off?Take a look at the top 10 from the Premier League whose career could benefit from a move by viewing the slideshow above. 10 10 10 5. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) – Matic may be the surprise on the list, given his importance to the Chelsea team in their title-winning 2014-15 campaign. Last season though, the 27-year-old looked a shadow of the player who rarely left the Blues’ defence exposed, with his confidence having taken a clear battering. There is the possibility that he may return to form under new manager Antonio Conte, but N’Golo Kante, recently signed in a £30m deal from Premier League champions Leicester City, is set to take over the holding midfield role, leaving Matic’s future uncertain. 10 8. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) – Mirallas made just 10 starts in the Premier League last season, as then manager Roberto Martinez nudged the Belgian away from his plans. A new coach in Ronald Koeman could leave the 28-year-old believing his chances of playing time may improve, but the possibility of another largely futile campaign should encourage him to say farewell to Goodison Park. He still has plenty to offer a club and shouldn’t be short of offers. 4. Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) – Much has been spoken of the players Jose Mourinho may consider dispensable as he overhauls Louis van Gaal’s tired squad. One of those the Portuguese coach could offload this summer is Rojo. The Argentina international hasn’t impressed the Old Trafford faithful, with his attitude and ability in defence questioned. With Luke Shaw returning to fitness, Rojo will be little more than a regular on the United bench next season. 3. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) – Throughout last season there were many suggesting Oxlade-Chamberlain’s time at the Emirates has run its course. With the new campaign approaching, that still seems very much to be the case. While some may argue injury has played its role in his poor progression and at 22 he is still yet to hit his peak, his time at the Emirates has proved largely fruitless. With so much competition in midfield for places and new signings anticipated, it’s almost impossible to envisage regular first team action for the Ox. 10 10. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) – read why he needs to leave, then click the arrow above, right, to see nine more players who should be thinking the same – Chadli moved to White Hart Lane in June 2013 and has left many a Spurs supporter uncertain on what role he has in the team. Far from the most technically gifted of players, the Belgium international is nonetheless effective at grabbing the odd goal, but simply doesn’t contribute enough at either end. An exit would therefore suit all involved. Latest reports have claimed Swansea City are planning a club record £15m bid for the Belgium international. 1. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) – It’s now been 10 and a half years since Walcott moved from Southampton and still supporters are waiting for the forward to settle in north London. Now 27, he should have established himself as a regular in Arsene Wenger’s side, but his role in the first team is still uncertain. He may feel at home at the Emirates, but he is now at serious risk of wasting his entire career on the sidelines at Arsenal, failing to fulfil his potential. 10 10 10 6. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) – Prior to his move, it was difficult to envisage regular action for Bony at the Etihad. It’s not surprising, therefore, that he is yet to settle in Manchester. He missed 15 games through injury last season, which will only have added to his frustration at not being able to sustain a place in Manuel Pellegrini’s line up. Pep Guardiola, City’s new manager, may have plans for the Ivorian, but it’s unlikely he’ll be considered a regular starter. The 27-year-old’s stock hasn’t taken too worrying a dive though, and an exit could be the sensible choice this summer. 7. Loic Remy (Chelsea) – Remy has to leave Stamford Bridge. That is unless he’s content with taking home his wages for almost zero contribution on the field. With extra competition up top from Michy Batshuayi, the Frenchman has little chance of playing a key role in Antonio Conte’s team next season. He proved at Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United that he can effectively lead an attack, but is short of the quality required for Chelsea. last_img read more

first_imgWEST WHITTIER – A family law attorney will provide help with child custody, restraining orders and child support issues at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Los Nietos Community and Senior Center, 11640 Slauson Ave. Walk-in appointments will be available following the presentation on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested should bring a photo identification and proof of address. For more information, call (562) 699-9898. LA MIRADA – The city will offer an acting and improv for the stage and screen class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning April 17 at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. Participants will learn acting fundamentals, on-camera and audition techniques and other related material. A performance will be held at the end of the class. Cost is $65 for ages 13 and older. There is a $20 discount for a second family member enrolling in the same class. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. `Dog Whisperer’ visits Rotary Club PICO RIVERA – “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, who helps people resolve pet behavioral problems, will speak at the Thursday luncheon of the Rotary Club of Pico Rivera. The meeting will be held at noon at the Dal Rae Restaurant, 9023 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. For reservations, call (562) 692-0363 or (562) 843-3358. Earth Day 2006 festivities set PICO RIVERA – Residents are invited to the city’s Earth Day 2006 celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Whittier Fertilizer Co., 9441 Kruse Road. The event will feature free food and refreshments, hourly prize drawings, information booths and giveaways. It also coincides with the city’s bimonthly mulch and firewood giveaway. Residents are reminded they can bring their containers and take home up to 33 gallons of free mulch or stock up on seasoned firewood. Pick-up is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (562) 801-4217. Fun with bubbles at kids’ museum LA HABRA – The Child- ren’s Museum at La Habra, 301 S. Euclid St., presents “Fun and Discovery with Bubbles!,” an interactive demonstration, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. General admission is $5 and the demonstration is included in the price. Children under 2 are free. For more information, call (562) 905-9793. Cypress Gardens hosting health fair WHITTIER – The Cypress Gardens will present a health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 at 8101 S. Painter Ave. Cholesterol, glucose and bone density screenings will be offered, as well as reflexology and blood pressure checks. For more information, call (562) 698-0596. – From staff reports160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventReading group discussion slated MONTEBELLO – A reading group discussion will be held on “Interpreter of Maladies, Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri” from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Montebello Regional Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. For more information, call (323) 722-6551. Resource Center site of acting class last_img