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first_imgLANCASTER – Departing from tradition, the Lancaster West Rotary on Monday honored public servants in management positions at its annual salute, recognizing six Antelope Valley leaders. Los Angeles County Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Bennett and battalion chiefs Joe and Ted Lindaman, sheriff’s Capt. Carl Deeley, CHP Capt. Nick Norton and Lancaster Public Works Director James “Randy” Williams were honored at a Rotary luncheon at the Antelope Valley Inn. “Historically, we’ve honored the officers in the community, and this year we felt it was a good idea to pay honor to the commanders in the different areas because seldom times do they get the recognition they deserve for overseeing these programs,” Rotary President Sandy Smith said. Bennett, in effect the Antelope Valley’s fire chief, is a 20-year veteran who heads 18 fire stations. “We feel these vocations are worthy of being honored by the Rotary because we’re all about service,” Smith said. “It’s a natural partnership for Rotary to be honoring people in our community for making a difference.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Longtime Antelope Valley residents Joe and Ted Lindaman are the county’s first brothers to serve simultaneously as battalion chiefs. Deeley, a 28-year department veteran, commands one of the county’s largest stations, which in addition to serving the contract city of Lancaster, serves unincorporated areas including Antelope Acres, Lake Los Angeles and Quartz Hill. Norton is an 18-year Highway Patrol veteran who was assigned to command the Antelope Valley area station in Lancaster. Williams is a former Navy captain who has served in his current position since 2003. His colleagues say he’s established a can-do attitude in public works, coining the motto: “Fix it before others know it’s broken.” Smith said the honorees embody the spirit of Rotary, an international organization dedicated to providing community support services across socioeconomic and generational lines. last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — The first 20 games of the Sharks season could be used as an ink-blot test to determine whether someone is a glass half-empty or half-full person?On one hand, the Sharks (10-7-3, 23 points) are holding down first place in the Pacific Division by a point despite the natural adjustment period of adding Erik Karlsson into the mix, Joe Thornton’s reintegration into the lineup after two major knee surgeries and the team’s league-worst 88.97 percent save percentage in even strength play.Th …last_img read more

first_img10 December 2009Online applications for accommodation during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ are now open to international and local soccer fans on the Fifa.com website.This follows the recent launch of the online accommodation service by the World football controlling body, Fifa.Accommodation and ticketing provider Match has secured 1 725 190 room nights for next year’s World Cup, and 43% of the entire inventory (741 832 room nights) in the 1 007 properties will be reserved for the general public.Instant accommodation searchThe accommodation service will enable fans to instantly search the available inventory and make bookings.The process is simple: one just visits the Fifa World Cup section on Fifa.com and clicks on “Destination” and then on “Accommodation”. Enter the desired dates and location to view the available options, and you can immediately book the accommodation of your choice.Chartered domestic flightsMatch has also signed a service agreement with South African Airways to lease 20 aircrafts for the duration of the World Cup. These will provide 100 000 seats on scheduled domestic flights on match days during the month-long tournament.The domestic flights will fly to destinations such as Nelspruit, Bloemfontein, Polokwane and Port Elizabeth.This will help supporters find flight connections to smaller city destinations from their accommodation base.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgFollowing its success last year, First Things First aims to test even more students this year. The 2017 campaign was launched in the Western Cape last month.Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia (right, alongside HEAIDS Youth Co-ordinator, Zandile Mqwathi) says the objective of the ongoing First Things First campaign is to reduce the number of new HIV and TB infections in South Africa’s higher education institutions. (Image: Bokamoso for Heaids, via Facebook)Mathiba MolefeMore than 160,000 students from 429 higher education campuses across South Africa were tested for HIV through the First Things First campaign in 2016. The aim is to reach even more students this year.The 2017 First Things First campaign was launched by Higher Education and Training Minister Mduduzi Manana at Boland College in the Western Cape on 25 April. The objective of the campaign is to promote sexual health among students at South Africa’s tertiary education institutions.Now in its seventh year, First Things First, created by the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS), has tested almost 500,000 students for HIV, as well as screened the students for tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).“The future prosperity of our country depends on the students in our higher education institutions. They are our future leaders. It is critical that we equip them with the knowledge and skills to remain HIV-negative and healthy,” said Manana.“First Things First has enjoyed great success in this area and I am pleased to be launching its 2017 campaign.”To spread its influence and reach as many students as possible, the campaign, together with the government, has expanded to include students in the Western Cape.HEAIDS director Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia said that in 2016 alone, it tested and offered counselling to more than 160,000 students from 429 higher education campuses across South Africa.It aimed to improve on last year’s numbers and get even more students on the path to healthy living.“Our vision is to have zero new HIV and TB infections in our higher education institutions,” Ahluwalia explained. “First Things First forms a key part of that vision.”The launch highlighted the importance of extending testing services to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges. “TVET colleges often lack adequate facilities and resources for testing and counselling students,” Ahluwalia said.Even when you trust your partner, always #Condomise to fully enjoy the experience without the worry. #SafeSex pic.twitter.com/Vj96vf9PXF— Bokamoso for HEAIDS (@HEAIDS) March 27, 2017First Things FirstIn addition to HIV, STI and TB testing services, First Things First offers screening, treatment and support for a wide range of general health issues including hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular health and cancer.It provides family planning, dual contraception, reproductive and maternal health services to students to help improve their health and make them more aware of the importance of staying healthy and looking after themselves.“The First Things First programme reminds us that we have one responsibility above all others — to look after ourselves,” said Manana.Ahluwalia pointed out that “a holistic approach to HIV prevention is far more effective than addressing any single factor alone.“This is why we are committed to reaching all 2-million young people in our higher education institutions with First Things First.“The higher education and training sector is in a unique position to lead a movement against HIV and to create champions who can carry the message into their communities. Together, we can defeat the HIV pandemic,” Ahluwalia said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

first_imgcormac foster 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming Aging ConsolesIf you have any interest in playing an XBox 360, a PS3 or a Wii, you probably already own one. The Wii U is new, but it was released half-way through November, so we won’t really know what sales are like until the December numbers come through. With new hardware on the horizon, sales are supposed to slump. It happened with the iPhone 4, and it’s happening here. Aside from must-have releases like Madden NFL 13 and Halo 4, gamers who are waiting for the next-gen system slow their software purchases, too.NPD realizes this, stating that it’s “important to compare this month’s results to November 2005, which was the last time the industry began to transition between console generations with the launch of a new platform.” When you compare those years, the industry is up 97%. NPD also acknowledged that there’s momentum building into the holidays. So in meaningful numbers, business looks doesn’t look that bad. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img The latest numbers on the video game industry aren’t encouraging. But don’t worry, you can probably ignore them.In a preview of its upcoming report, research firm NPD announced its November gaming numbers. The results? Despite strong sales for the top five titles (led by Call of Duty), the industry continues to slide. While November had “the smallest year-over-year decrease we have seen for dollar and unit sales so far this year,” it was still a drop, and the last year has seen an overall 11% ebb from the previous 12 months.According to some in the blogosphere, the sky is falling and gaming is in trouble.They’re wrong. You can now return to fighting redcoats in Assassins Creed. Here’s why. What’s Not Being CountedThe NPD numbers don’t include digital downloads, subscriptions, or any in-game purchases. So online marketplaces like Steam, F2P games like League of Legends, and subscription-based products like World of Warcraft – also an aging platform with slowing sales, but still a strong generator of ongoing revenue – are off the table. And there there are the growing number of ad-supported casual games.  According to Wanda Meloni, Founder and Senior Analyst at M2 Research, “Retail sales alone do not provide an accurate picture of the overall market. Steam’s revenues are estimated to be well over $2 billion alone. There are also publisher-specific sites such as Origin from Electronic Arts that provide consumers access to all of EA’s product line, and all the mobile, social and online games that don’t get counted in a pure retail play cumulatively make up well over $5-$10 billion annually.”It’s pretty clear that the market has outgrown the traditional “units shipped” metric. A more accurate estimate of industry health might be gaming company revenue, though privately held companies, indie developers, and a blurring definition of the term “game” make that difficult too.Maybe, as Ben Kuchera suggests, we should just stop trying to quantify it at all. As long as the games keep coming, someone’s making money.Especially the titles on NPD’s best-seller list for November:Call of Duty: Black Ops IIHalo 4Assassin’s Creed IIIJust Dance 4Madden NFL 13Skylanders GiantsNeed for Speed: Most Wanted 2012NBA 2K13WWE ’13FIFA Soccer 13Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgIowa fans rush court after Michigan State win.iowa fans rush court after msu winIowa knocked off No. 1 Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last night, and in celebration, a few hundred Hawkeyes fans rushed the court. But not everyone seems to agree with the move.Immediately following the court rushing, college basketball fans on Twitter started to criticize the decision. Why? Well, Michigan State was playing without its best player – Denzel Valentine. The Hawkeyes were also favored by 2.5 points. Iowa also led the entire game, so it’s not as-if there was a ton of drama involved.Iowa fans rush the court when we beat a team ranked higher than us unlike state pic.twitter.com/Ct8vArEvT7— nate (@Marky_Marks19) December 30, 2015This sucks because you know that Iowa knows Valentine isn’t playing and they are still gonna rush the court— Logan VanDeWostine (@lvandy7) December 30, 2015I hope Iowa fans rush the court against a team missing the national player of the year.— AustinCSmith TOC (@acsmith06) December 30, 2015You can’t chant “overrated” to a team and then rush the court when you beat them lol but regardless I’m glad Iowa won— Sarah♓️ (@heyyysarahhh) December 30, 2015Good for Iowa beating undefeated #1 but have enough respect to not rush the court against a conference opponent. You’re better than that.— David Wheatley (@david_wheatley) December 30, 2015Silly Iowa fans, rush the floor after winning a game you were favored to win!— Rick Holmes (@spartyholmes) December 30, 2015Way to rush the floor Iowa… You beat the #1 team in the country, at home, without their best player. Idiots…— Chris Thomas (@wtpartners) December 30, 2015Iowa fans…. Chant “overrated”, then rush the floor after beating a team without the National POY. Classic #Hawkeyes.— Jeff Greene (@GMachine7) December 30, 2015Sorry, Iowa. That is the most lame student rush to the court I’ve ever seen.— DP (@sports_and_ads) December 30, 2015If you really just beat an “overrated” team, why rush the court? Do better Iowa, do better… #MSU— Craig Janes (@Craig_Janes) December 30, 2015What do you think? Should Iowa fans have rushed?last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Laurentian Bank’s CEO acknowledges having underestimated the market reaction to irregularities surrounding certain mortgages sold to a third-party buyer even though he believes the issue has been “over mediatized.”“We certainly underestimated the sensitivity of the market to all that (touches) the mortgage sector,” Francois Desjardins told reporters Tuesday after the bank’s annual meeting.The bank didn’t address the issue in its presentations, but that didn’t stop a shareholder from criticizing its leaders and demanding accountability for the company’s share performance.Canada’s seventh-largest bank is trading around $48 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, far from its level of about $60 in early December, before the disclosure of irregularities.Laurentian expects to purchase up to $392 million in loans deemed problematic by the end of the second quarter, following the comprehensive review of mortgage loans totalling $1.1 billion.Desjardins told reporters that the bank’s situation is very different from what happened with Home Capital last year.The discovery of irregularities at the Ontario alternative lender resulted in charges being laid by the Ontario Securities Commission and pushed the company into a crisis that threatened its survival.“The amount mentioned is $400 million (of potentially redeemed loans) on (managed assets) of $47 billion,” said Desjardins. “That’s less than one per cent of all the work we do.”He insisted that the quality of the loans in question was not bad, but that the product type simply wasn’t what was wanted by the third-party buyer, whose identity was not disclosed.Laurentian shareholder Richard Venor, an accountant by profession, regretted a lack of transparency by management in recent months, believing that it had not been able to “deliver the goods” to the shareholders.“If loans have gone bad, heads have to roll,” he told fellow shareholders. “It’s the way we work in business. Managers should be identified and we must get rid of them.”Venor later told reporters that the current share price reflected the market’s view of the bank’s management.Desjardins acknowledged that the issue could have an impact on the share price, adding that there were several other factors to consider, including the current transformation plan.Desjardins wants to double the bank’s size as part of a major digital shift, which has resulted in a decrease in the size of the branch network in Quebec. He intends to eliminate 50 branches and reduce their number to about 100.“We are building the bank of tomorrow,” he said, urging patience. “It’s over seven years, it’s not a one-quarter correction.”Companies in this story: (TSX:LB, TSX:HCG)last_img read more

first_imgMajor North American indices fell after the Federal Reserve said it will raise interest rates this year more times than initially expected.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 23.16 points to 16,265.82.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average shed 119.53 points to 25,201.20. The S&P 500 index retreated by 11.22 points to 2,775.63 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 8.09 points to 7,695.70.The fall came after the Federal Reserve issued a statement saying it was raising its benchmark interest rate 25 basis points to two per cent — the second rate hike this year.The Fed also announced it would raise rates another two times this year, bringing the 2018 total to four when many investors expected three.“There’s going to be a lot more pressure on the Canadians right now if we’re seeing four rate hikes from the States to do at least one … if not two this year,” said Michael Currie, vice-president and advisor at TD Wealth.The Bank of Canada is expected to raise rates in July, said Currie, but now the likelihood that it will do so again before the end of 2018 has gone up. The Bank of Canada will have three more interest rate announcements after July 11.Foreign investors look for the best rates in stable countries for their money, he said, and often choose between Canada and the U.S.People moving their money out of Canada into the States, he said, pushes down the loonie.“The best way to defend the dollar is to keep raising rates.”The Canadian dollar averaged 76.99 cents US, up 0.09 of a US cent.The July crude contract gained 28 cents to US$66.64 per barrel and the July natural gas contract advanced about two cents to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The August gold contract rose US$1.90 to US$1,301.30 an ounce and the July copper contract moved up about a penny to US$3.25 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Many gathered at the Fort St. John Legion for Remembrance Day ceremonies on Sunday, to pay their respects to those that have served.A silent Remembrance Day parade marched from the Legion to City Hall and back again, in honour of those lost and to those that continue to serve in the line of duty. Following the parade, a brief ceremony was held at the Cenotaph with speeches made by dignitaries highlighting the importance of remembering those that served to ensure Canada’s freedom.This Remembrance Day was unique as it marked 100 years since Armistice was signed, officially ending World War One. A moment of silence was given to reflect on this milestone.After a ceremony at the Cenotaph, the service continued inside the Legion. It included speeches made by dignitaries, a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. and the laying of the wreaths. The service was followed by a coffee social.The Legion will be serving turkey dinner at 6:00 p.m. for $10.00 per person. All ages are welcome to attend.last_img read more

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd due to a collision.The collision is 39km from Chetwynd between Watkins road and the 283 road.There is no estimate on when the highway will reopen.If you’re traveling in the area, let us know what you see.Here is the full details from Drivebc.caHighway 97. Collision between Watkins Rd and 283 Rd (39 km north of Chetwynd). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Next update time Fri Dec 21 at 9:00 PM MST. Last updated Fri Dec 21 at 7:01 PM MST. (DBC-4326) UPDATE #3 – The RCMP have confirmed a pedestrian was killed in this collision.  Here are the details:  http://energeticcity.mystagingwebsite.com/2018/12/pedestrian-killed-on-highway-97-between-dawson-creek-and-chetwynd/UPDATE – The road is now clear.  We are still waiting for more information about the collision from the RCMP.UPDATE – Drivebc.ca says the highway is now open to single lane alternating traffic as of 10:30 pm.last_img read more