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Geoff McDonald wins the Snake Pit Road Race

first_imgComing up:-Tuesday: Final Duathlon of the season at 7 pm at the Baldonnel School.-Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm-Sunday Blizzard / Pheonix Trophy 15 Mile time trial on the Montney road at 10:00 am.www.ferrisfastcycles.com Photo:  Blaine ‘Cannonball’ Richter racing in the 70km road race – Submitted**Submitted- Advertisement -Geoff McDonald of GP edged out Blaine ‘Cannonball’ Richter and Stephen Ferris to win the Challenge Cup ‘Snake Pit road race, in Dawson Creek, Sunday. Their time for the 70 km road race was 1:57:58 hours. Peter King of the Bliz beat Kent Pedersen for 4th spot at 2:05:46. Pat Ferris out sprinted Trevor Kolkea for 6th at 2:07:50.Floyd Polehoykie of the Bliz won the 40 k over Richard Bouvier of DC with a time of 1:27:04. Bill Lindsay was third at 1:33:18. Brandon Joice and Larry Joice both had 1:44:25.The Blizzards won the day with 71 points to GP’s 23 and DC’s 12. The Blizzards are in the lead with 286 to GP’s 133 and DC’s 63.Blaine Richter and Stephen Ferris pulled away early with Geoff ‘Big Mac’ McDonald chasing after he had an ‘off road’ incident and had to chase for several km’s to catch up. He caught the duo and eventually won the sprint finish.Other 70 km times were Richard Wood, Barb Polehoykie and Gary Hilderman 2:21:10, Gord Harris and Kathryn Fairweather 2:25:13, Francis Plum 2:26:02, Rebecca Pimm 2:28:33, Ken Nix 2:32:06, Warren Miller 2:34:54 and Owen Giebelhaus 2:39:00.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Valencia storm to second in nine-goal thriller

first_img0Shares0000Valencia’s forward Goncalo Guedes celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match against Real Betis October 15, 2017 © AFP / CRISTINA QUICLERMADRID, Spain, Oct 15 – Valencia withstood a late onslaught from Real Betis to move up to second with an enthralling 6-3 win at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday.The visitors looked to be cruising to a fifth win in eight games this season as Geoffrey Kondogbia, Goncalo Guedes, Rodrigo and Santi Mina fired them into a 4-0 lead with just over 10 minutes to go. However, Betis threatened a stunning comeback as three goals in five minutes from Joel Campbell, Antonio Sanabria and Cristian Tello set up a thrilling finale.More drama was to come, but at the other end as the on-fire Simone Zaza drilled home his seventh goal in eight games to make the game safe before Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira rounded off the scoring in stoppage time.Valencia are now four points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona with third-placed Real Madrid a point further back.Leganes’s fantastic start to just their second season in the top flight also continued as they compounded more misery on Malaga with a 2-0 win at La Rosaleda to move up to sixth.Malaga remain winless and rooted to the bottom of the table, five points off safety.Cedric Bakambu’s double handed Villarreal a 2-1 win at Girona.And Eibar moved out of the relegation zone despite failing to turn their dominance into goals in a 0-0 draw at home to Deportivo la Coruna.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Container traffic down at area ports

first_imgECONOMY: Experts say retailers are importing less, reflecting weak consumer spending, housing decline. By Kristopher Hanson STAFF WRITER Slumping consumer confidence and a lousy housing market have finally caught up to container traffic at the nation’s busiest seaport, which experts now say will see year-over-year declines for the first time since the mild economic recession of 2002. After four years of record growth in Los Angeles and Long Beach, port officials Friday reported that volumes won’t match optimistic expectations set earlier this year of 5 percent to 9 percent annual growth. Instead, the port complex will likely see flat or slightly declining trade volumes by year’s end – reflecting weak consumer spending and the national housing decline. Summed up, retailers aren’t importing as much as in 2006 to avoid overstocked shelves. “Retailers have a good sense of the economy and are planning their inventories carefully,” said National Retail Federation Vice President Erik Autor. “The lower volume of containers means merchants shouldn’t be left with unsold goods or forced into unplanned markdowns.” The revised forecast ends months of speculation that a holiday surge in September and October would make 2007 the busiest year on record for Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together handled about 15.8 million 20-foot equivalent containers in 2006. Retail tracking groups now expect flat growth or even a 1 percent to 2 percent decline by year’s end. This comes despite record growth in exports, which surged more than 30 percent year-to-year at the Port of Long Beach in June, July and August. “Import (volumes) are more than 2-to-1 above exports and typically represent lower value items, so while we’re seeing really rapid growth in exports, it’s not enough to offset” weak imports, said Port of Long Beach Spokesman Art Wong. In Los Angeles, which handled about 1 million more 20-foot equivalent containers than Long Beach last year, total volume dropped nearly 10 percent in August compared with 2006. August through October are usually the busiest shipping months as retailers import more to stock shelves for fall and winter holidays. This year, January, February and June were the only months local ports have seen increases from the previous year. The typical peak month of October is expected to see about 1percent to 2 percent less volume than in 2006, said Paul Bingham with Global Insight, a retail tracking group. “These figures reflect the weakened U.S. economy and retailers’ cautious outlook for this year’s holiday season compared with last year,” Bingham said. kristopher.hanson@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Colleges aim to train work force for new age

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant College of the Canyons will step into the picture by establishing an advisory board to develop guidelines for pre-engineering certification and university transfers for California community colleges. “Although engineering-based companies continue to be an important component in the economy, we want to be sure we have sufficient engineering talent to grow that sector of the California economy,” said Maloney. The board will include experts from the aerospace industry and the U.S. federal lab system who will provide input about what will be required in the work force for the state to support an economy in the growing industries. Four other local community colleges, including Antelope Valley Community College, are also participating with College of the Canyons in the grant project. Manufacturing companies began fleeing California in the early 1990s for more affordable places and fewer regulations on their industry. VALENCIA – A loss of manufacturing jobs in California over the last 15 years has left a black eye on the state’s economy, and now officials are looking for ways to heal it with opportunities in fields that are growing. Engineering and technology are emerging among the top industries in the state but will need a trained work force to support them, said Dena Maloney, dean of economic development at College of the Canyons. The community college has received a $75,000 grant to work on a national project to develop strategies to train workers for jobs in these fields and to help those companies bloom. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Labor, which is distributing $195 million to 13 regional economies for additional labor market projects. “The only way to address the national challenge of global competition is by building strong regional economies,” said Emily Stover DeRocco, assistant secretary of labor for employment training. From 1990 to 2003, California lost about 400,000 manufacturing jobs. More than half of those positions were wiped out in the late 1990s and resulted in a $98 million loss of California-manufactured products, according to a study by the Keystone Group of Los Angeles, a collaboration of economic development executives. Sue Doyle, (6610257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SWEET SIXTEEN RECEIVE SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS AT LETTERKENNY IT

first_imgPictured at the presentation of Sports Scholarships in Letterkenny IT on Monday are (Back) Danny Gallagher, Jordan Toland, Cathal McDaid, Darragh Gallagher, Anthony Browne, Daire McDaid, (Middle) John Kelly, Brian Howley, Lee Scanlon, Peter Doherty, Prionsais O’Lionan, Tommy Kerr, Shaun Wogan, (Front) Cathy DeWard, Fiona Kelly, Student Union Administrator, Billy Bennett, Registrar, Paul Hannigan, President, Tanya Russell, President Student Union, Paddy Gallagher, Sports Officer and Gemma Glackin.Letterkenny IT has awarded Sports Scholarships to 16 students.The award of sports scholarships took place on Monday 23 February at a lunchtime presentation in the Radisson Blu Hotel.Sports Scholarships were awarded to the following students of the institute. John Kelly, Athletics, Shot Putt, from St Johnston. John is a national champion in the event.Simon Archer, Athletics, High Jump, U23 indoor champion and a silver medalist in the national senior High Jump this year and is a native of Templemore, Co Tipperary.Rugby; Danny Gallagher, Letterkenny, who has played at scrum half for the institute.Jordan Toland , Ramelton, (Soccer) a Swilly Rovers player, Cathal McDaid, (Soccer) Letterkenny, who is a Finn Harps U19 player , Peter Doherty, (Soccer) Clonmany a player with Cockhill Celtic and who has recently been selected for the Irish Colleges representative team this year. Daragh Gallagher, Glenties, GAA team captain, in Letterkenny IT, Anthony Browne from Drumkeen, (GAA), a half forward and a former member of Donegal U21 panel, Daire McDaid, (GAA), from Termon who is a skilled dual player in soccer and GAA, Brian Howley, (GAA), Breaffy, Co Mayo, a member of the Mayo club and a most influential player for the institute. Thomas Kerr, (GAA), who hails from Ballybay, Co . Monaghan, and was a member of the Monaghan GAA Senior panel in 2014.Lee Scanlon, (Hurling), Killygordon, a member of the institute Hurling team and also St.Eunan’s hurling team and a member of the Donegal County squad, 2012-14.Prionsais O’ Lionnain, (Hurling), a member of the St Eunan’s GAA team and a Young Player of the year in 2013 with the St Eunan’s club. Shaun Wogan, Basketball, who is a member of the Letterkenny IT Basketball Club for the past 4 years and previous scholarship winner.Gemma Glackin, a member of the Ladies GAA County squad and Cathy De Ward a member of the Ladies GAA County squad at U 14 to Minor level and a 3rd year student of Business at the institute.The awards were presented by Paul Hannigan, President, Letterkenny IT who commended the students on their achievements and also paid tribute to the efforts of the staff and coaches who assisted in the development of sports in the institute. SWEET SIXTEEN RECEIVE SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS AT LETTERKENNY IT was last modified: February 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalLetterkenny ITsports scholarshipslast_img read more

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JUNE HAS THE LUCK OF LOVE AS SHE SCOOPS €47,200 AND A HOLIDAY

first_imgIt all started with a St Valentine’s Day card and now Donegal woman June Hughes is €47,200 and a holiday richer.The Castlefinn mum-of-four was delighted when hubby Martin bought her a quick pic which saw her end up on tonight’s Winning Streak on RTE. June, who works in Kyran McGinley Solicitors in Letterkenny, was surrounded by family and friends for the show.She told host Marty Whelan that top of her wish list if she scooped some cash was a ‘People Carrier’ car.June laughed that somebody always had to be left at home when they went on a family day out.But while June may have wished for a new mode of transport, daughter Lauren had other things on her list. The little girl told her mum that she wanted a snow leopard!In the end June, from Ballybun, didn’t get to spin the wheel but she did finish the show with almost €50,000 and a holiday to Turkey. JUNE HAS THE LUCK OF LOVE AS SHE SCOOPS €47,200 AND A HOLIDAY was last modified: March 3rd, 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:castlefinnJUne HUgheslottoWinning Streaklast_img read more

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Dunn Leads Women’s Golf On First Day of UNO Invitational

first_imgStory Links Dunn fired a three-over par 75 in the second round to finish the first day in 16th-place with a total score of 154 (79-75). Sophomore Aimee Gerschke began the day strong, shooting a 79 before carding an 82 to end the day with a score of 161. Senior Madison Glennie rebounded from a tough first-round to complete the day with a 79 for a total score of 163 (84-79). Fellow senior Brooke Miller recorded a 165 (80-75), while freshman Sam Paulak, who made her collegiate debut, also registered a 165 (85-80) on the first day. Drake closes out play at the UNO Invitational on Saturday. The first tee time for the final round will get underway at 7:21 a.m. Print Friendly Version First Day Results center_img The Bulldogs are in seventh-place with a 638 (322-316) and are seven shots behind host Omaha (631=313-318). Nebraska leads the eight-team field with a score of 591 (301-290). NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. – Junior Grace Dunn led the Drake University women’s golf team through 36 holes at the UNO Invitational on Friday at ArborLinks in Nebraska City, Neb.last_img read more

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Live updates: 49ers fall to Buccaneers 27-9

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. The 49ers returned from a week off to turn in a dub against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The 49ers (2-8) had a week to forget about a disappointing 38-35 Monday Night Football home loss to the Giants and get ready for the Buccaneers (3-7).San Francisco will start rookie quarterback Nick Mullens for the third straight game. After a dazzling performance in beating the Raiders in his debut, Mullens came back to earth …last_img read more

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Vredefort Dome to be protected

first_img28 May 2012The Vredefort Dome is a step closer to being formally recognised and protected under South African law, after a memorandum of agreement was signed by the government and landowners in the area on the weekend.Located about 120 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, the Vredefort Dome is the oldest meteorite impact structure or astrobleme on earth. It resulted from a meteorite 10km in diameter crashing into earth two billion years ago.The site was added to the Unesco World Heritage list in July 2005 – being described as having “outstanding universal value to human kind” – and was intended to be proclaimed in terms of national legislation. It was gazetted in December 2007, but has not yet been proclaimed due to concerns raised by landowners.The signing of the agreement will pave the way for the proclamation of the area and appointment of a management authority which will serve as a precursor for the development of an integrated management plan.Edna Molewa, minister of water and environmental affairs, said the agreement will give the area a formal status like other sites such as Robben Island, iSimangaliso, Mapungubwe, Cape Floral Region, Richtersveld, uKhahlamba Drakensberg, and the fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa encompassing the Cradle of Humankind, Taung Skull and Makapan Valley.The management system will address issues relating to the preservation of archaeological sites, land use management and zoning, pollution and waste management, water resource and fire management.As part of this management system, tourism development will be ensured in order to support local economic development.Molewa said they had addressed most of the concerns and established a multi-stakeholder steering committee for coordination purposes.She added that her department would be embarking on a consultation process towards final proclamation of the area as a World Heritage Site.“The management authority will be given full powers and resources to manage the area in terms of relevant policies in order to maintain the highest management standards in terms of an integrated management system and ensure full compliance with Unesco World Heritage prescripts and South Africa’s World Heritage Convention Act of 1999,” said the minister.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Join Media Tenor’s Roland Schatz in Davos for a live Twitter chat on reputation management and competitiveness

first_imgOn Tuesday 20 January Brand South Africa will host a live Twitter chat on reputation management and competitiveness with Media Tenor founder and CEO Roland Schatz, live from the World Economic Forum in Davos.Managing a country’s global reputation increases its competitiveness, which attracts new investment and in turn creates jobs. (Image: Brand South Africa)Roland SchatzJoin the conversation from 17h00 CAT (16h00 CET) by sending your questions on South Africa’s reputation and global competitiveness to @Brand_SA using the hashtag #SAinDavos.The contextRoland Schatz is the CEO and founder of Media Tenor International. He is a leading scholar in the field of media impact research and global media content analysis.What is reputation management?• Reputation management is the influencing, regulating and guiding of the reputation of an individual, organisation or country. It relates to how various stakeholders in the public sphere perceive that particular individual, organisation or country.• Reputation management was originally a public relations term that has gained popularity in the 21st century with the rise of the internet and social media, where users can freely disseminate information and opinion that can negatively impact a particular business.• One of the basic principles of reputation management is decreasing or eradicating negative sentiment about a particular organisation or country, leaving mainly positive perceptions, thus attracting more business and, in the case of a country, investment.• Reputation is at the heart of a company and a country’s success. The philosophy of reputation management is to match the external perception of an organisation or state and what these external stakeholders value to the internal perception and their organisational or national values. Only when these two are harmonised can an organisation or country be truly competitive.What is competitiveness?• The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report defines competitiveness as “the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country. The level of productivity, in turn, sets the level of prosperity that can be reached by an economy. The productivity level also determines the rates of return obtained by investments in an economy, which in turn are the fundamental drivers of its growth rates. In other words, a more competitive economy is one that is likely to grow faster over time.”• Competitiveness therefore concerns attracting international investment and business to a particular country, as well as ensuring productivity in various sectors and industries in that that country, which will promote international trade and investment, therefore creating a healthy market economy both within that country and globally.How does reputation management relate to competitiveness?• The perception that international investors have of a particular country can either encourage them to invest in that country or deter that investment.• It is important for a country to positively portray and position itself internationally in order to attract international business, investment and trade. By doing this productivity will increase within that country, and in turn the overall economic health will improve. One of the ways economic health is measured is the rate of employment and job creation.• It is important for country to manage its international reputation, to ensure it is positively positioned internationally. It improves the country’s competitiveness, which in turn will attract investment, business and trade, which are tied to job creation.In brief• Reputation management is the influencing, regulating and guiding the reputation of an individual, organisation or country.• Reputation management deals with how people perceive a particular person, organisation or country, and thus assign a value to that perception.• The primary aim of reputation management is to decrease or even eradicate negative sentiment.• By decreasing negativity you are able to attract more business and investment.• Competitiveness concerns attracting international investment and business to a particular state, and increasing international trade.• Improved competitiveness creates a healthy market economy both within a country and globally.• A healthy national economy is linked to job creation because national productivity increases• Countries must manage their international reputation, to ensure positive positioning, to attract investment, business and trade and improve competitiveness.• Improved competitiveness is tied to job creation. Therefore, a good international reputation can create jobs.About Roland SchatzRoland Schatz is the founder and CEO of Media Tenor Ltd, the research institute of InnoVatio Verlags AG. With over 120 employees and offices in Beirut, Boston, Hanoi, London, New York, Pretoria, St Petersburg, Tianjin, Vienna and Zürich, Media Tenor is the leading provider of ongoing international media content analysis, including in-depth analysis of new and traditional global media.Schatz has a Master’s degree in philosophy, economics, history and political science from the University of Fribourg and Bonn. Aside from a background in journalism and numerous entrepreneurial ventures, Schatz has served as trustee for the Education Africa Foundation in Johannesburg, the Innovation Institute in Pretoria and the Board of E-Standards in New York. In 2008 the UN High Advisor President Sampraio appointed Schatz as Global Media Expert. Together with Prince Ghazi of Jordan he founded the C1 World Dialogue Foundation in 2009 . In 2010 Schatz launched the Global Media Impact Centre in Boston, enabling PhD students to write their thesis based on the more than 100 Mio datasets of ongoing media analysis.Schatz has taught strategic communication management and perception change at universities in Augsburg, Atlanta, Berlin, Bonn, Lugano and Prague, since 1990. He publishes regularly on reputational risk, financial sentiment and media impact, recently in the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review and Business Day. Since 2009 he has hosted together with the UN Academic Impact the Unlearning Intolerance Masterclasses.last_img read more