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NHP share price shoots up as takeover bidders hover

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Leafs ride hat-trick performance by Wilkinson to salvage weekend split

first_imgFriday, Nelson saw Tanner Cochrane score three times to lead the Knights to the surprise win.North Okanagan scored three goals in a five minutes span late in the first period to erase a 1-0 deficit and take a 3-1 lead after one frame.Wilkinson cut the lead to 3-2 before Blake Culbert scored to regain the two-goal advantage for the Knights.Seconds before Culbert’s goal, newly signed Troy Petrick was thwarted by a toe save from Knights goalie Mitch Profeit.The smooth-skating Petrick undressed the defenceman at the North Okanagan blueline, then another Knights player before skating in on the opposition goal.Petrick had Profeit beat but the North Okanagan goalie just got the toe of his skate on the puck to stop the Leaf forward.Tyler Moffat and Rebagliati split the netminding duties for Nelson, out shot 28-18.Nelson hosts the Spokane Braves in a rare mid-week game Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: Troy Petrick, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, is back in the Heritage City to conclude his junior hockey career. The local product played a handful of games with the Leafs during its playoff run in 2010 before leaving for the Dawson Creek Rage of the Northern America Hockey League. He played 14 games in 2012-13 for the Salmon Arm. . . . Dawson Creek Rage folded its hockey operations in the NAHL this spring. . . .Robson Cramer, Travis Wellman and Jamie Vlanich each added two assists for Nelson against Kelowna. . . . Carsen Willans, kept off the scoresheet Friday, had his point streak end at eight games. Willans had an assist Saturday. The Nelson Leafs salvaged a weekend split in a dramatic way Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Alec Wilkinson scored his third goal of the game in the final minutes of the third period sparking the Leafs to a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Chiefs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The win avenged a 4-2 loss Friday against the North Okanagan Knights.“We do tend to leave it to the end of the game,” Wilkinson said when asked about his late-game heroics.“The whole game was pretty close and we just came out strong at the end and we ended up winning the game.”Wilkinson was the recipient of some gritty work behind the net by teammate Jamie Vlanich.The skillful center man won the puck behind the Kelowna net, then put a back door pass onto the stick of Wilkinson.“It was all (Jamie) Vlanich,” Wilkinson exclaimed. “He went behind the net and passed me the puck. The goalie didn’t even see where the puck was and had no idea he passed it to me. All I had to do was tap the puck into the net.”Nelson had a better start Saturday, out shooting the Chiefs 23-9 in the opening frame.Wilkinson and Cole Arcuri scored 10 minutes into the game to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead.However, a 10-second lapse allowed Jagger Bowles and Adam Beatty to tie the game.Kelowna took a 3-2 lead in the second before Wilkinson scored his second of the game late in the frame to even the game at 3-3.Nelson out shot the Chiefs 40-21, making a winner out of Brad Rebagliati in the Leafs net.The win keeps the Leafs, 21-2-1-3 on the season, eight points in front of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch Division standings.Nelson is tied for the overall lead in the KIJHL with Kamloops Storm. Each team has 46 points.last_img read more

Digital hubs could help border towns take advantage of Brexit – Cllr

first_imgMore digital workspaces could help smaller towns around Donegal take advantage of Brexit, according to Cllr Gary Doherty.The Stranorlar area Sinn Féin councillor has called for more buildings to be turned into co-working spaces to help ease economic stagnation in villages.Speaking at the county council’s monthly meeting, Cllr Doherty said that facilities such as Letterkenny’s CoLab could help border towns, namely Lifford and Castlefinn, reap the benefits of Brexit. Cllr Doherty added that he believes the towns are geographically positioned to take advantage of Brexit for companies that want to keep a foot on both sides of the border.He suggested that existing vacant buildings would be transformed into spaces for hot desks for people who are working in multinational companies in larger towns, which would have a knock-on effect due to increased footfall locally.In their response, the council said that co-working facilities are a practical option for smaller centres rather than Digital Hubs. However, they are all reliant on broadband capability. Area manager Mr Garry Martin said that LEADER funding could be sought for these kinds of initiatives and the council will assist community groups in developing their cases as appropriate. Digital hubs could help border towns take advantage of Brexit – Cllr was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrexitCLLR GARY DOHERTYco-workingdigital hubDonegal County Councillast_img read more

Big teams qualify for World Cup

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium canseat 48 000 fans and will host eight WorldCup games.(Image: more free photos, visit the imagelibrary) Nicky Rehbock Find out more about using materialThe 2010 Fifa World Cup edged closer to kickoff this weekend as four major teams qualified for the tournament.This action was capped by the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the Eastern Cape province – the first newly built stadium to be officially opened for the tournament.From the Asian zone Japan, Korea Republic and Australia became the first teams to qualify for the Cup, while the Netherlands became the first European team to make it in.World Cup Organising Committee South Africa chief executive officer Dr Danny Jordaan was chuffed at the calibre of the teams that qualified.“The Netherlands, Japan, Korea Republic and Australia are big teams – on and off the field. Their qualification will begin to shape the great atmosphere we envisage for the event.“The Dutch, clearly from a football point of view, have some of the most exciting players in the world. And off the field, Dutch fans – dressed in their sea of orange – are synonymous with bringing their special energy to any major event in the world. We’re looking forward to welcoming these exciting teams and their supporters,” he said.‘Japan a major force’Japan made it into the World Cup by beating Uzbekistan 1-0 in an Asian World Cup qualifying match in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.“Japan has become a major force in world football. We are delighted that they became the first team to qualify for the World Cup. We want to congratulate the Japan Football Association for making it to South Africa 2010 and we look forward to warmly welcoming the Japanese team and their multitude of fans to our country in June next year,” said Jordaan.“Japan is an exciting football team to watch. They’ve developed their own unique brand of football, incorporating many contrasting styles and have players with great skill and technical acumen.“Around 35 000 Japanese fans travelled to the 2006 World Cup in Germany and we are confident that they will travel in similar numbers to South Africa next year and contribute to what should be an electric atmosphere at the tournament,” added Jordaan, who worked as a Fifa general coordinator at Japan’s Niigata and Miyagi Stadiums in 2002 when Japan and Korea hosted the first World Cup in Asia.Socceroos head to SAAustralia’s football team, the Socceroos, qualified for next year’s tournament after a goalless draw against Qatar in Doha.“After doing extremely well in Germany 2006, the Socceroos have now qualified for back-to-back World Cups and we look forward to welcoming them to our country next year. Australian sporting teams and fans are familiar visitors to South African shores, as our countries have strong sporting links and we regularly host touring Australian rugby and cricket teams. To have the Socceroos here next June for the World Cup will be very special,” said Jordaan.Australian residents have already successfully applied for 27 139 tickets for the World Cup in the first ticketing sales phase for the tournament.KoreaKorea Republic qualified from group two of the Asian zone’s World Cup Qualifiers after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 in Dubai.“We want to warmly congratulate the Korea Republic for making it to South Africa 2010. We all still fondly remember the ‘Red Army’ and the team’s incredible surge to the semifinals of their home World Cup. The team and their fantastic fans will be great additions to the 2010 World Cup,” said Jordaan.“We at the 2010 Organising Committee have great affinity and similarities with Korea and Japan. Their joint staging of Asia’s first World Cup so successfully raised the profile of Asian football and showcased both the continent’s football and organisational abilities. We are hoping to achieve the same result with Africa’s first World Cup next year and look to Japan and the Korea Republic as inspirations.”New stadium ready for actionTurning his attention to the new Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Jordaan said, “For us the first opening of a newly built World Cup stadium is a huge boost. With the four stadiums about to host the Fifa Confederations Cup ready, this brings to five the number of 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums now complete.“The other five new arenas are also shaping up nicely to be ready well ahead of event,” said Jordaan, who attended the stadium’s ‘people’s opening’ attended by 25 000 residents of Port Elizabeth.The Mandela Bay Stadium can seat 48 000 fans and will host eight World Cup games, including a third and fourth place playoff and a quarterfinal.The stadium will get its first taste of international competition when the touring British and Irish Lions rugby team play a local Southern Kings Invitational side on 16 June 2009.“Today’s opening of the stadium is a huge credit to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality. It’s a tribute to their project management capability, the construction company and the workers that they managed to complete the stadium in record time. It demonstrates the capacity of South Africa’s construction industry and our commitment to deliver on all our World Cup promises,” said Jordaan.The Nelson Mandela Bay’s deputy executive mayor, councillor Bicks Ndoni, said the public opening gave residents the chance to see first-hand the stadium’s “state-of-the-art facilities, experience its beauty, warmth and uniqueness, and bask in the glory and pride of knowing that we are the joint owners of a truly world-class facility”.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at nickyr@mediaclubsouthafrica.comUseful linksFour major teams qualify for 2010 World Cup 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay – Port Elizabeth 2010 Fifa World Cuplast_img read more

Christmas caring packed in a shoebox

first_imgToddlers at the celebrations in Swellendam,Western Cape province, get stuck intoopening their gifts.(Image: Santa Shoebox) Thousands of pairs of willing hands havepacked Santa Shoeboxes according to aset of guidelines, and with more than adash of love and care, for South Africa’sneedy children this Christmas.(Image: Fiona McRae)MEDIA CONTACTS • Janie van der SpuyFivestar PR+27 21 462 1677Fiona McRaeThanks to an innovative community project, some of South Africa’s underprivileged children will be able to experience the joy of Christmas.In a heart-warming display of the festive season spirit of caring and sharing, a plethora of presents and a whole lot of love have been carefully packed into shoeboxes to provide almost 32 000 needy children with a gift this Christmas.The Santa Shoebox Project was established in Cape Town in 2006 by Dee Boehner, director of the public benefit organisation then known as From the Children, To the Children.The organisation has since changed its name to the Kidz2Kidz Trust, but its principle of providing privileged children with an opportunity to do something for their not-so-fortunate peers, thereby teaching them the importance and the joy of giving, remains the same.The project’s first outing five Christmases ago saw 180 personalised gift boxes pledged, packed and delivered for distribution to needy youngsters. The following year’s total reflected a strong growth to 2 000 boxes, which burgeoned to more than 8 000 in 2008.Last year’s donations grew even more to see Santa’s bags at collection points around the country stuffed with more than 16 000 beautifully decorated shoeboxes, which were distributed to more than 200 children’s homes, childcare facilities and places of safety.The target for 2010 was initially set at 16 000 boxes but strong support saw this figure revised upwards to 28 000.In a thrilling indication of how the project has captured the imagination of a caring nation, a phenomenal 31 663 boxes were eventually pledged and have been dropped off at the 15 collection points around the country.This year, for the first time, the project is also extending into neighbouring Namibia, with a collection point in Windhoek.Spreading the spiritOne of those who took part this year for the first time was Lauren Collier of Port Elizabeth. She heard of the initiative from friends in Cape Town who had previously supported it.While Collier was wondering how she would be able to get her box to one of the drop-off points in the Mother City, she learnt that the project was coming to Port Elizabeth this year for the first time thanks to the initiative of local co-ordinator Kim Keen. After also learning of the venture while on a visit to Cape Town, Keen was determined to see it implemented in her home city.And the response has “completely blown me away”, she says.She started her planning with a very conservative and, she hoped, reachable target of 150 boxes. Within a week of online pledges opening nationally on 1 September, all of these Port Elizabeth boxes had been snapped up and Keen was inundated with calls from would-be donors eager to deliver.As word of the project spread rapidly, local pledges kept pouring in until there were 1 125 boxes, enabling Keen to increase the initial list of four beneficiary facilities in Port Elizabeth to 18. Supporters even drove in from the neighbouring centres of Grahamstown and Port Alfred, more than 100km away, to drop off their boxes, she says.But it did not end there. East London, some 300km further up the Eastern Cape coast, got wind of the project and collected 60 boxes for its needy children – despite having no official co-ordinator. Keen roped her mother, a Buffalo City resident, in to help. “She didn’t know what had hit her,” she laughs.Another Eastern Cape town, the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay, collected 70 boxes, while a supporter from George, on the Garden Route, approached Keen to volunteer as co-ordinator for next year, to see the project also implemented there.An easy way to contributeBut what is it about this particular project that has caused an interested South African public to so generously open their hearts, and their wallets, for the country’s children?“I always like to do something for those less fortunate at Christmas, and this seemed an ideal way to contribute,” says 23-year-old Collier, who has just completed her studies as a primary school teacher.What especially appealed to her were the very clear guidelines for packing a box, which she found on the project’s website“This makes it so much easier than trying to figure out what is appropriate to give – and all the children at any one facility then get more or less the same sort of things, making sure no one is disappointed when they open their box.”Another aspect that appealed to Collier was the personalised gift-giving. Project supporters can select the age and gender of the child (or children) for whom the box is intended, and receive a gift label with the child’s name to be attached to it. They also know the organisation through which the child will be reached.Keen agrees that this is one of the project’s most appealing aspects – that supporters can know exactly where their donations will be going and who will benefit. However, generic boxes are accepted when the number of boxes donated exceeds the number of children whose names have been provided by the beneficiary organisations.The project, on its website, explains that many people want to contribute to their community or do their bit for charity, but often do not know where to start.“The Santa Shoebox Project takes pride in channelling all that positive energy and goodwill into something that is credible, achievable, makes a real difference in a specific child’s life and leaves the donors feeling really good about themselves,” it says.Gift guidelinesThe website indicates a list of items that must be packed into each box – and those to be avoided. Boxes are required to contain a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and a facecloth, an item of clothing, educational supplies, sweets and a toy. This carefully thought-out list ensures the child gets something to use, to wear, to do, to eat and to love.Gift ideas for each category are provided, with further ideas for boxes for babies and teenagers. All gifts must be new and age-appropriate. The organisation also warns of items which should not be packed into the box, such as fragile objects, electronics, medicines or violence-related toys such as guns or soldiers.Creativity is encouraged in both gift selection and decorating of the boxes, which can then become special keepsake boxes for the children – many of whom might never previously have had anything they could claim as exclusively their own.Volunteers at the designated drop-off points receive the boxes for distribution – this year to about 350 child-care facilities throughout the country, usually at Joy of Giving celebration parties.And Keen found plenty of local businesses only too happy to come to the party this year – all of Port Elizabeth’s celebration events have been sponsored by local companies, further enhancing the children’s Christmas experience.For her, being involved in “this amazing project” has been a humbling experience, Keen says. “It has been absolutely fantastic to realise how many genuine, caring and wonderful people filled with humanity there are out there.”And she has indeed seen the joy that both giving and receiving can bring. “Parents have really encouraged their children to get involved and make this project their own,” she says. “So youngsters have arrived beaming and proudly bearing their boxes – to be given to ‘a little boy’ or ‘a little girl … just like me’.”And the excitement and joy that opening a box holds for the receiver are something to behold, she says. “We had one young boy of about 10 who nearly went into orbit with delight when he unpacked his box to find a really cool Ben 10 t-shirt inside.”So, while it might not yet be the night before Christmas, Santa’s ever-growing band of helpers is already out there, hard at work delivering the goods.Swellendam Santashoebox Celebrationslast_img read more

Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: Dr. Kevin King, USDA Agricultural Research Service

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentIn the latest episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research talks with Dr. Kevin King from USDA Agricultural Research Service.Hoewischer and his guest discuss King’s edge-of-field monitoring program which serves as the backbone of scientific information for most nutrient and soil management decisions in the Midwest.Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer is an ongoing series of conversations with experts and leaders who are helping to shape and secure the future of Ohio’s ag industry for generations to come.Following are some highlights from this episode. Complete transcript.Q: What’s happening on farm fields? (The research) is kind of the missing link between how decisions are being made from a number of different facets. So how is that information used? What’s the end game with all this information?A: Our ultimate goal when we first started this was to identify practices that offer an ability to reduce nutrient loading to surface water bodies or polluted water bodies. So that was the primary goal and I think that still is the primary goal.Q: What has been the general results of cover crops on some of the fields that you’ve been looking at?A: When we look at cover crops, we see the nitrogen losses coming out of the tile that drains the nitrate, nitrogen is significantly reduced. With phosphorus, we don’t see any benefit whatsoever immediately. Now where I think we do get some benefit which is secondary, would be with the increase in water storage capacity. So it’s not a direct uptake by the plant itself, but secondarily we’re not losing as much water and therefore not as many nutrients.Q: What’s the easiest thing a farmer can change to reduce nutrients coming off their farm?A: Soil testing. I would highly encourage producers to sample at least on a five-acre type of grid and apply accordingly. It’s one thing to take the soil sample; it’s another to look at that soil sample and base your application on that soil sample.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Facebook’s Tornado Unleashes Version 1.0 on The Web

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts Want to turn your website into a storm of real-time user activity? Another way to do so has just arrived. The real-time web framework called Tornado, which Facebook open sourced last Fall, has just released version 1.0. Tornado is a real-time web server built in Python that supports tens of thousands of continuous connections and thus the long-polling method of real-time data delivery. It is the core of FriendFeed, a technically innovative service built by two ex-Googlers and leaders in the real-time web community, which was acquired by Facebook in August, 2009. Built largely by the man who is now CTO of Facebook, Bret Taylor, this first version of Tornado was taken across the finish line by another heavy hitter: Ben Darnell of Thing Labs. Ben Darnell was a key engineer in building Google Reader years ago, then joined real-time aggregation startup FriendFeed with Taylor. After FriendFeed was acquired by Facebook, Darnell rejoined Thing Labs, makers of Brizzly and lead by Google Reader’s Jason Shellen. In the meantime, he’s been helping bring Tornado to its 1.0 and now that time has come.Below is a clip of Facebook’s Bret Taylor explaining Tornado on the Gillmor Gang podcast, the day the open sourcing of the technology was announced. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

DC Association of Parliamentarians Celebrates Parliamentary Law Day

first_imgThe District of Columbia Association of Parliamentarians is celebrating its 46th Annual Parliamentary Law Day Observance. The forum will be held at the Washington Navy Yard Catering and Conference Center, Building 211, on, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.The event will feature two presenters: Darlene T. Allen, Professional Registered Parliamentarian and the National Parliamentarian Association, Director of District Two who will bring both local and national information.   Following a lunch, John D. Stackpole, Ph.D., Professional Registered Parliamentarian and Certified Professional Parliamentarian will conduct a “Voting on a Three Way Decision” workshop.last_img