RCMP search for convenience store robber

first_imgPhoto:  The RCMP have released this photo in connection with the robberyFort St. John RCMP are searching for a suspect after a robbery at the Munchies Convenience Store.The robbery occurred on Saturday at around 5:45 a.m.- Advertisement -Police say a male entered the store and demanded money from an employee. The suspect threatened the employee with a tire iron and made off with approximately $500 in cash.The suspect is described as being between 5’11’’ and 6’3’’ in height. At the time of the incident, he was wearing jeans and a black t-shirt with white letters.. He also wore bluish running shoes, white gloves and a toque, along with a purple and black cloth over his face.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

Prolific Bakambu puts China transfer saga behind him

first_imgThe cost of the transfer was never disclosed, but reports in Spain and France said that 40 million euros was paid to release Bakambu from his Villarreal contract, allowing him to move on a free transfer.The Chinese Football Association (CFA) consequently announced in February that clubs who evade their 100 percent levy on incoming foreign players face crippling point deductions.The 27-year-old, who by some estimations became the most expensive African footballer ever with the move to the Chinese capital, has been an instant hit and played a major part in helping Roger Schmidt’s side top the CSL with half the season gone.Speaking on the eve of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Shanghai Shenhua — Bakambu was again on the scoresheet — the forward said: “I think I made a good choice to come here.“It is a new experience and I enjoy a lot my new life here in China.”Speaking to AFP after the game, the former France under-20 international said he did not care what people thought about him moving to China from La Liga at the pinnacle of his career.He is thought to earn about 18 million euros a year and previously admitted the cash was a major incentive.“I know why I am here and it does not matter what others think,” he said in his first substantive comments to international media since arriving in China.“I do what I want to do and the most important thing in life is that I am happy, the rest does not matter.”Unlike some other foreign players who move to China, Bakambu brought his family with him.“I like my life here in China and Beijing because I have good friends in my team, I am with my family, I am scoring goals and we are winning a lot of games,” said Bakambu, reportedly on the radar of English Premier League clubs before choosing China.– ‘That’s quality’ –Bakambu is among a cast of overseas players lured to the Asian country on handsome contracts that most clubs in Europe cannot match.But his transfer was more unusual than most, dragging on for weeks as Guoan refused to say that he had signed even though he was pictured training with them.German coach Schmidt, who took over at Guoan a year ago following his sacking by Bayer Leverkusen, was fulsome in his praise of Bakambu.“He’s a very, very good striker and he does not need many opportunities to score,” said the 51-year-old, whose side have lost just once in 14 games this season.Bakambu on Saturday put Guoan in front with a predatory close-range finish, but the visitors conceded an injury-time equaliser.“It was very hard to get great chances to score but at the right moment he was there and that’s not a coincidence — that’s quality,” said Schmidt.“He has done that very often this season, so he was a very good transfer for our club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The French-born Congolese striker joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Beijing Guoan from Villarreal earlier this year in a protracted move shrouded in mystery © AFP / Greg BakerSHANGHAI, China, Jul 29 – Cedric Bakambu says that he made “a good choice” leaving Spain for the riches of Chinese football — and he is proving it by hitting 11 goals in as many games.The French-born Congolese striker joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Beijing Guoan from Villarreal earlier this year in a protracted move shrouded in mystery.last_img read more

Gervinho matches Ronaldo double as Parma frustrate Juve

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri’s side had already had their confidence shaken after a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta shattered their hopes of winning a fifth straight Coppa Italia.Saturday’s draw was not the response Allegri had called for ahead of their Champions League last 16 first leg tie against Atletico Madrid on February 20.“I’m happy for the goals but not the result,” said Ronaldo.“Parma didn’t do anything special, they waited for us to make a mistake.“But we’re not worried, we know it will be a great season for Juventus.”Juve, hit by injuries to defenders Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, have now conceded six goals in their last two matches.But they still have a comfortable nine-point lead over Napoli with Inter Milan 20 points behind in third.“It doesn’t change anything, but we must not take anything for granted,” said Allegri.“We were too light in defence. It was the first time this back four had played together.”Juventus lined up with an inexperienced back line of Leonardo Spinazzola alongside Uruguay defender Martin Caceres who got his first start since moving from Lazio.Sami Khedira rattled the post twice, before Ronaldo opened the scoring after 36 minutes with Daniele Rugani again scoring for the hosts on 62 minutes.Ivorian forward Gervinho (C) snatched a late equaliser in Turin. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOAn Antonino Barilla header clawed one back for Parma two minutes later before Ronaldo completed his brace to return to the top of the Serie A goalscorers’ chart with 17.But Ivorian Gervinho threw his side a lifeline on 74 minutes and grabbed a point at the death for Parma who remain 12th in the table, 31 points behind Juventus.“At least we satisfied those who complained we weren’t entertaining,” said Allegri.“But the beautiful football doesn’t pay off, at the end of the day you have got to just kick it away from your goal.”The seven-time reigning champions nevertheless remain unbeaten this season having dropped points just twice before against Genoa and Atalanta.– Napoli power back –Earlier Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne scored quick-fire goals and Simone Verdi added a third from the spot as Napoli got back on track.AC Milan had dented Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s title hopes with a goalless draw in the San Siro last weekend before dumping the southerners out of the Coppa Italia midweek.“Happy to end that drought:” Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne scored his first league goal in three months. © AFP / Carlo Hermann“Napoli are back strong,” said Ancelotti.“Today we found the depth and the ability to quickly overturn the game.“The two tests against Milan were not our usual selves, we’re back to our normal standard.”Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella was thwarted in his bid to set a new record of scoring in 12 consecutive Serie A games as the side from Genoa also missed the chance to move up into fourth and the Champions League places.But Quagliarella — who is from Naples and had scored in Sampdoria’s 3-0 win over Napoli earlier in the campaign — was denied his best chance to make history by a sliding Kalidou Koulibaly tackle.End of an era: Napoli skipper Marek Hamsik “wants another experience” in China. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLONapoli skipper Marek Hamsik — reportedly set for a move to China — returned from injury and orchestrated the opener after 25 minutes in the San Paolo Stadium.The Slovak international’s cross found Jose Callejon who burst through to provide the assist which Milik finished off for his 12th league goal this season.Less than a minute later Insigne connected sweetly with another Callejon assist for his first league goal in three months.Napoli were awarded a penalty for a Joachim Andersen handball but despite the calls of “Kalidou, Kalidou” from the crowd for the Senegalese defender to take it after his towering performance, it was Verdi who stepped up to convert in the final minute.Sampdoria remain sixth, two points off AC Milan in the final Champions League berth.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo went back top of the Serie A scorers with 17 goals. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Feb 3 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice but champions Juventus had to settle for a point as a late Gervinho double snatched a 3-3 draw after promoted Parma staged an impressive comeback in Serie A on Saturday.Juventus’ dropped points allowed Napoli to cut the gap on the leaders to nine points after a confident 3-0 win over Sampdoria.last_img read more

Reports – Manchester United in talks to sign Barcelona star Neymar

first_imgManchester United have entered into talks to sign Barcelona forward Neymar, according to reports.The Red Devils have missed out on several stars in recent days with targets Pedro and Nicolas Otamendi joining Chelsea and Man City, respectively, this week.The Sun believe Manchester United, who are in the hunt for a ‘surprise’ new striker, have made a move for the Brazil star as they hunt for a marquee signing.Neymar, 23, would become the focal point at Old Trafford, which he may relish after playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.But it appears there is still plenty to be done after Man United chief executive Ed Woodward’s discreet move for his signature, especially as his buyout clause is reportedly £137.8million. 1 Barcelona star Neymar last_img

BODY OF YOUNG DONEGAL MAN FOUND IN RIVER

first_imgThe body of a young Donegal man has been found in a river in Co Galway.Mathew Lougue, from Malin Head, who was in his 30s, had been missing for more than a week.Mathew had been living in Galway recently but had been missing since last weekend. A search was launched on the River Corrib when a man was spotted in the water near the docks.The man was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.However, because the body contained no identification, it took a number of days to identify the deceased.However the body was then found to be that of tragic Mathew. The late Mr Lougue of Keenagh, Malin Head, will be buried after funeral mass at St Mary’s Church in Lagg, Malin tomorrow. BODY OF YOUNG DONEGAL MAN FOUND IN RIVER was last modified: February 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Malin HeadMathew LougueRiver Corriblast_img read more

DREAM DRAW FOR HARPS IN FAI CUP QUARTER-FINAL

first_imgFinn Harps have been handed a dream draw after they were paired to play the winners of Avondale/St.Michael’s  in the FAI cup quarter-final.Harps earned a fantastic away victory against Wexford Youths on Friday winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Tommy Mc Monagle and Michael Funston.Their reward for that victory is a meeting with the only non-league sides left in the competition. Harps would be hot favourites to overcome either of the minnows, although an away draw is a logistical nightmare for Ollie Horgan and his charges.Avondale are based in Cork while St.Michael’s are from Tipperary, and with the game being scheduled to be played on a Sunday afternoon, it will be an early start for the Ballybofey side.Avondale and St.Michael’s play each other in their replay tonight, so Harps will know exactly who they’ll face later this evening.  DREAM DRAW FOR HARPS IN FAI CUP QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:finn harpsnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

Long Walk: backing South Africa’s film industry

first_img2 December 2013 The government’s investment in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the film adaption of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, was an important part of its plan to build a world-class film industry in South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said in a statement on Friday. The film, which tells the story of Mandela’s life from childhood to his inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically elected president, was released to critical acclaim in South Africa last week. The DTI invested R60-million in the film as part of a highly competitive rebate system. “As far as the DTI is concerned, it has been money well spent,” the department said. Rob Davies, South Africa’s minister of trade and industry, said the movie rebate system had attracted a stream of movie makers to the country over the past few years. “During the current administration’s term of office, the DTI has quadrupled the support it provides to the film industry in the country, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is as a big landmark for the South African film industry,” Davies said. “I think it will end up with a few Oscar nominations – and, perhaps, even win an Oscar or two.”Job creation The production has created 12 000 local jobs. “And the beauty of this job-creation exercise was that all these jobs were transferred from highly skilled international practitioners to local people,” Sidwell Medupe, the department’s spokesman, said. “Wherever possible, goods and services were procured from broad-based black economic empowered companies.” The DTI’s film incentive programme is “one the best programmes of the department in terms of the co-operative relationship that we have been able to build with local and foreign producers as well as the results that we have been able to achieve in relation to our government’s objectives”, Medupe said. The DTI has approved 71 film productions under the rebate system in 2012/13. Besides Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, there have been a number of other significant successes, such as Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds.Box office success Other DTI-backed movies recently filmed in South Africa include the $125-million Mad Max – Fury Road, Chronicle, Dredd, and Mary and Martha, a TV drama starring Hilary Swank. These movies follow on Blood Diamond, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, and Invictus, the film about Mandela and the 1995 Rugby World Cup, starring Matt Damon as Springbok captain Francois Pienaar. The “tremendous performance of the animated feature Zambezia made us proud at the box office”, Medupe added. According to the DTI’s film and TV production incentive unit, more than R500-million had been invested in 50 local films in just over a decade. These include Tsotsi, which won an Oscar for best foreign language film in 2005. Other critically acclaimed movies made in South Africa include Hotel Rwanda, Red Dust and Country of My Skull. SAinfo reporter and Department of Trade and Industrylast_img read more

Ohio agriculture in a changing climate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Climate change may trigger images of polar bears falling off melting ice slabs in the Arctic, but the changes are relevant for Ohio farmers as well.Winters in Ohio are warming quicker than summers are, while summer nighttime lows are increasing faster than daytime highs, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extension.“Although it is warmer now on average, daytime highs in the summer are not as extreme as they were in the 1930s and 1950s when Ohio experienced prolonged droughts,” Wilson said.However, at night in the summer, the weather isn’t cooling off as much as it had been for decades, he said. Along with that, the amount of rainfall in Ohio has increased, and extreme rain events are far more common, Wilson said.With more water in the atmosphere and rising temperatures, weather prediction models anticipate Ohio’s climate by the end of this century to be 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer year round with more humidity and less snowfall, Wilson said.“Our winters could very well be like those in coastal Virginia,” Wilson said. “Except we won’t have the ocean breezes.”Wilson has studied the past 120 years of weather patterns in Ohio and worldwide. He will offer his insights into local climate trends at 1 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the FSR. Joining Wilson in the talk will be Jason Cervenec. Cervenec and Wilson both work for Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. There, Wilson is a senior research associate, and Cervenec is the education and outreach director.Their talk is one in a series hosted by the Small Farm Center, which features educational programs for smaller farms, with particular emphasis on alternative enterprises, production systems and marketing strategies.Wilson’s climate predictions stem from research into the state, regional and national weather back to 1880 as well as research into how the atmosphere responds to changes. Across the globe, temperatures have increased by roughly 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century, Wilson said. The last three years were the three warmest on record so far.Ohioans hankering for milder winters may not be dismayed by the prediction of warmer winters to come. But any shift in climate patterns has implications for what Ohio farmers can plant and sustain, Wilson said.A warmer winter means that some insects or diseases that used to be killed off by frigid temperatures can survive winter, and their populations increase. Also, warmer summer nights can affect the growth of corn, which temporarily shuts down growth at 86 degrees, Wilson said. With warmer nights, daytime temperatures can climb to 86 degrees earlier in the day, potentially leaving more hours when corn has temporarily stopped growing.More frequent intense rainfalls, particularly in the spring, can affect whether fertilizer that’s applied to soil gets absorbed or runs off, or if newly planted seeds are washed away. In Darke County, 10 to 12 inches of rain fell in May, causing corn growers to replant. Rainfall for the month typically averages 4 inches, about one-third of what fell this past May, Wilson said.“It has been a very challenging spring planting season,” Wilson said.This year Ohioans witnessed an unusually warm February, a colder March, and a very wet late April and early May. Early June was hot and dry, leaving some corn crops impacted by dry, crusted soils.If farmers are prepared to adapt to climate changes, they can become more resilient, able to prosper despite the challenges, Wilson said.“The more that climate scientists can work with farmers — and each has expertise to bring to the table — the more we can make connections so that farmers can make informed decisions about the future,” Wilson said.last_img read more

Climate change and no-till

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural Engineer (retired)The federal government released a report on global climate change that predicts, among other disastrous results, that American farmers are doomed to failure. Drought, heavy rain, floods, and hot summers will destroy crop yields.Farmers aren’t stupid. They know how to adapt to changing conditions. For example, there is a lot more acres of corn grown in Canada and our Northern Plains than 50 years ago.Good news for the climate. If all cropland in the Midwest and Great Plains switched to continuous no-till (with cover crops) the rate of global warming would be SLOWED because carbon from the air would be sequestered in the soil as organic matter.Crop yields for corn, soybeans and wheat (and whatever replaces them in localities) might increase despite dry summers and less groundwater for irrigation. The extra organic matter means soils would hold more water, reducing the impact of dry periods. Organic matter is a buffer that moderates soil temperature, regulates pH and stores nutrients.With no-till, diesel fuel use is cut because of fewer tractor hours.Having the soil covered with residue reduces evaporation, which reduces the amount of irrigation needed, which reduces the fuel needed to pump the water. Precisely injecting fertilizer means less is needed. And what is the main ingredient in anhydrous ammonia? Natural gas.The November/December issue of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation has three articles related to global warming and carbon sequestration. OSU Professor Rattan Lal and 14 co-authors studied “terrestrial ecosystems” and concluded that “conservation agriculture (no-till) is our best current bet for effective C sequestration.” Another article on cover crops points out an important issue where the payoff is long term: tenants, not the owner, farm about half of the U.S. prime farmland. A third article identifies an effect of “warming” in the Great Plains: winter wheat yields are decreasing in Texas and increasing in the Northern Plains states. (Maybe Texas wheat producers will switch to no-till cotton.) A shift to continuous no-till has major immediate costs which may include fertilizer injection equipment, cover crop seed, and a better planter.Since the general population is a primary beneficiary (cleaner water, less dust, reduced algae in Lake Erie and less nitrogen in the Mississippi River watershed), perhaps tax dollars should cover part of that extra cost. A big chunk of that funding could come from redirecting support farmers currently receive.Of course, global climate change means “global.” These no-till practices can be adopted in China, India, Ukraine, Africa and other regions to be a major factor in slowing or eliminating human-caused climate change.last_img read more