Premier Christy Clark is making her first official stop in Fort St. John since being sworn-in as B.C.’s newest premier.Throughout the leadership race, one of Clark’s campaign platforms was to hold town hall meetings across the province and to actually listen to residents views. Fort St. John will be the official host of the first town hall meeting in the province.- Advertisement -Clark will be addressing four topics at the town hall, says Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm. The focus of the discussion will be on the future of the oil and gas industry, rural health care, the northern transportation corridor and open government.Pimm says the fact that the Premier is holding her first town hall in Fort St. John shows that she understands the importance of the north and the northeast in particular.The town hall will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at the Pomeroy Hotel from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m.
A Portugal flag draped over his shoulders, Ronaldo pirouetted before counting out on his fingers to five, the number of Champions League titles he now owns.He pulled out the badge on his shirt and kissed it, twice, before blowing a few more kisses to the crowd. By now they were chanting “Cristiano” and some of the Real players were joining in.Even when Marcelo, the next one out, emerged, the grinning Ronaldo strutted back down the walkway to welcome him with the pair’s familiar celebratory dance.This Ronaldo was almost unrecognisable from the one that had, less than 24 hours before, been prickly and restless, as he insisted he could leave Real, despite them just beating Liverpool to mark a third consecutive European triumph.Even amid wrangling contract negotiations, a frosty relationship with president Florentino Perez, a perceived lack of support in his row with Spanish tax authorities and perhaps even jealousy over Real´s courting of Neymar, his timing was inexplicably bad.Zinedine Zidane had summed up the mood. “I’m not thinking about that now,” he said.Microphone in hand, however, Ronaldo was back at the centre of things on Sunday and this time his message was different.“What can I say?” he said over the supporters’ cheers. “You have given us so much love in every single match. It’s an honour to play for the biggest club in the world, that’s the truth, it’s an honour.”As the fans roared, Real’s players bounced around Ronaldo, chanting “Cristiano, quedate”, “Cristiano, stay”, and soon the whole stadium was singing too.When Ronaldo resumed, the big screen briefly catching a stoney-faced Gareth Bale next to a beaming Casemiro, he said: “Thank you, this is very important to me. I am so happy with your passion, the passion of the players and coaches.“What I like most is winning. So for one last time, one, two three – Hala Madrid!”Earlier, in the Plaza de Cibeles, he had signed off a more modest speech with: “Thank you guys and see you next year.”At euphoric events like these, there must always be a pull to draw the biggest cheer, but Ronaldo’s behaviour at least suggests Real could satisfy the 33-year-old if they want to.He reportedly seeks a new deal in line with Lionel Messi’s at Barcelona and Neymar’s at PSG.But Perez was not impressed by Ronaldo’s posturing on Saturday. “We hear the same every summer,” Perez said. “And then nothing happens.”In 2012, Ronaldo said he was “sad” and last year, Portugese newspaper A Bola claimed the forward wanted to leave, unhappy with the club not backing him in the face of tax investigators.Perez and Ronaldo need each other, but neither will want to be seen to have lost the argument. At the very least, Real’s celebrations showed nothing has been decided yet.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000As Cristiano Ronaldo milked every last drop of his moment on the microphone at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night, it was hard to imagine this was a player about to leave Real Madrid © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELMADRID, Spain, May 28 – As Cristiano Ronaldo milked every last drop of his moment on the microphone at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night, it was hard to imagine this was a player about to leave Real Madrid.Real’s players were introduced one-by-one onto the podium and when Ronaldo’s moment came, a gap left after “Cristiano” for the delirious fans to fill, he predictably made the most of it.
1 Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists failing to beat CSKA Moscow will NOT signal the end of his side’s Champions League hopes.City’s European campaign is hanging by a thread after they picked up just two points from their opening three games in Group E, and most experts claim they cannot afford anything other than a victory against the Russian champions when they host them at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.But Pellegrini is refusing to accept that failing to win will signal the death knell for his side’s European hopes for another season, even though it would take the situation out of their own hands.The Chilean said: “I think it is a very important game but it is not a ‘death’ game because until mathematics can’t fix (it), you can continue.“We will consider it not a final game but a very, very important game.“It will depend what the other teams do and it is impossible to be sure, but I think this group will be decided in the last game in Italy against Roma“We will see what happens. We are going to try to win our two games at home and see what the other teams do but I am sure this will be decided in the last game.”And Pellegrini even feels his side can mount a genuine challenge to lift the trophy next May.“Of course our target is always to try to win the Champions League. We must put in our mind that we are able to do it, that we have a good squad,” he added.“Maybe there are five or six squads better than our squad or at the same level as our squad that also want to do it, but with a winning mentality and an ambitious mind, you must always think you can do it. I think we have time to prove it.”
Bayern Munich put six past Porto to book a place in the Champions League semi-final with ease.Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Pep Guardiola’s men were 5-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Jerome Boateng, Thiago Alcantara, a Robert Lewandowski double and Thomas Muller, with Xabi Alonso adding the sixth in the final few minutes of the game.TOP 10 CLUBS IN EUROPE RANKED BY UEFA REVEALEDAnd afterwards, as the victorious players saluted the support, Muller picked up a megaphone and lead the fans in a post-match chant.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Our focus is on executing that backlog better than we ever have, and increasing the backlog at the same time,” he said during a conference call Wednesday. Analysts generally were impressed by widening profit margins at both Boeing’s commercial airplane and defense units, though they cautioned that production must keep pace with demand. “Execution is the story,” said analyst Cai von Rumohr of SG Cowen Securities. “It’s not just what the orders are. It’s what you can make out of them.” Boeing reported fourth-quarter net income of $460 million, or 58 cents per share, up from $186 million, or 23 cents per share a year earlier. Analysts were expecting 44 cents a share, based on the consensus estimate by Thomson Financial. The year-ago profit was depressed by heavy charges for ending production of its 717 jet and writing off its loss of a controversial Pentagon contract for air tankers. Boeing said fourth-quarter revenue grew 7 percent to $14.2 billion but fell below Wall Street estimates of $14.8 billion. Boeing’s Seattle-based commercial airplane division had operating earnings of $330 million, up from a $149 million loss in fourth quarter 2004. “It was obviously an excellent quarter,” said analyst Mark Davis at FTN Midwest Research. “They’re starting to see real leverage in commercial airplanes, both in terms of orders and manufacturing initiatives that are helping margins.” The record year for airplane bookings was buoyed by 379 orders for its fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner. The strong demand for the 787, due out in 2008, helped Boeing close the gap on Airbus, which surpassed Boeing in jet order volume in 2001. Toulouse, France-based Airbus said earlier it unexpectedly beat Boeing’s tally for jet orders last year. But Boeing eclipsed Airbus in value terms after winning 70 percent of global orders for larger, pricier planes like the 787. Boeing reiterated its expectation to deliver 395 planes in 2006, though McNerney said it likely would fall short of the 1,029 orders it booked last year. For the full year, Boeing’s net profits grew 37 percent to $2.6 billion, despite a four-week strike at its airplane production facilities. Boeing’s earnings amounted to $3.20 a share in 2005 versus $1.87 billion, or $2.30 a share, a year ago. The strike shaved off $2.3 billion in annual revenue, which still grew 4.3 percent from a year earlier to $54.8 billion. Revenue from Boeing’s defense unit grew 7 percent to $8.1 billion. The company said its C-17 transport plane led an 18 percent increase in sales of aircraft and weapon systems, which totaled $3.1 billion. McNerney reiterated Wednesday that revenue growth at its defense unit could ebb some in coming years as U.S. defense spending slows. He said a consolidation of its defense businesses announced last week should help offset the slowdown through cost cuts and better productivity. Fourth quarter operating profits from defense rose 37 percent to $924 million. Boeing increased its 2006 earnings per share forecast to between $3.25 and $3.45, up from $3.10 to $3.30, citing better operating performance and a lower-than-expected tax charge in the first quarter. It also issued a 2007 profit forecast of $4.10 to $4.30 per share, in line with analysts’ estimates of $4.15. Boeing cut its 2006 revenue outlook from $62 billion to $60 billion because of an accounting change. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Boeing Co. offered an upbeat forecast Wednesday for its quest to retake the world’s top spot in commercial aviation from European rival Airbus SAS, citing a “very strong” outlook for airplane sales while upping its profit expectations for 2006. The aerospace company’s shares rose $3.31, or 4.9 percent, to close at $71.62 on the New York Stock Exchange, approaching its all-time high of $72.40 set in December. Boeing said its fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled as its resurgent commercial airplane division boosted revenue and profit margins. Chicago-based Boeing also said it booked a record 1,029 orders for new planes last year, pushing the value of its airplane backlog to $124 billion. Boeing Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney said the company plans to boost productivity through several new manufacturing initiatives to meet the brisk demand.
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 This year there are no excuses. Just about every key starter has returned, notably all-purpose standouts Casey Mulligan and Michael Hur, both of whom have signed Division I scholarships at Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside. “I think this year’s team can be better than we were two years ago,” said Hur, referring to the Jared Clark/Matt Aidem era. “This group has played together so long that we just know each other very well, and that’s important.” Mulligan might switch to catcher – his third position change since starting as a third baseman, then playing shortstop last season. “I’m excited. Last year was last year – I think we’re going to be all right,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter what position I play. I just want to help the team.” Mulligan (.286, three HRs, 22 RBIs) and Hur (.368, two HRs, 25 RBI) give Valencia two of the league’s most versatile and exciting players. Both can play a varsity of positions – including pitcher – and both can hit for power. “What do I like about Casey Mulligan? Everything. He’s a competitor, and he takes pride in everything he does,” Snyder said. “He’s just a confident player who wants the ball or wants to be up with the game on the line. The kid has no fear, and that’s what makes him such a great player.” Hur was batting close to .500 for most of last season before an 0-for-13 slump. There isn’t an issue about his hitting this season, but Snyder would like to see Hur develop into a top pitcher after an up-and-down performance on the mound last season. “Michael has really matured a lot, and we’re looking for him to get out there and show the kind of dominance that we know he has (as a pitcher),” Snyder said. “Offensively, he’ll bat cleanup and drive in runs, and he’s also got the strongest outfield arm on the team.” Other key returnees are Justin Shults (.375, two HRs, 24 RBIs), Armondo Gallardo (.419, one HR, 16 RBIs), Brian Howe (.316) and Scott Fowler (1-1, 1.81 ERA). Hart (19-9-1), Saugus (23-4) and Canyon (12-13) should compete with Valencia for a league title. Hart has a tendency to peak late the season, advancing the section quarterfinals last year and the semifinals in 2004. Standout shortstop Matt Valaika, who has signed with UC Santa Barbara, is back after batting .366 with 23 runs as a junior. Pitching should be Hart’s strength, led by returnees Nick Streit (4-1, 1.75 ERA), Steve Burton (5-2, 2.54 ERA) and Donny Williams (4-3, two saves, 2.95 ERA) return. Saugus and Canyon have new coaches, as John Maggiora takes over at Saugus and Scott Willis moves in at Canyon. Last year, Saugus won 23 games but was shocked in a first-round playoff loss, and Maggiora, the school’s third coach in three years, has only four returning players. However, one is Casey Stevenson, one of the league’s top infielders and hitters. “Casey will hit cleanup, and he should have a big year at the plate,” Maggiora said. “He’s also made the transition (from second base) to third base pretty well.” Center fielder Ryan Erickson, a fast runner who covers a lot of ground, is also back as a leadoff hitter, along with part-time starter Julian Cruz and pitcher Peter Ibarra. Ibarra has switched to a sidearm delivery, and Maggiora likes what he sees. “It’s made a huge difference,” Maggiora said. Saugus also is expecting a big season from promising sophomore Tyler Brubaker and fellow sophomore Trouy Ajer, a left-handed pitcher. Canyon hasn’t had a winning season since 2002, so Willis has his work cut out for him. However, the 50-year-old brings experience after serving as head coach at Canyon for seven seasons ending in 1997. “We’re excited about this year, and I think we should be pretty good,” Willis said. “Our goal is to finish among the top three, and it’s going to be a dogfight.” Three-year starting outfielder Johnny Hay returns, and he’s looking to come back after slumping through most of his junior season. When Hay is on, there isn’t a more dangerous hitter in the league, but he’s streaky. “He’s going to be out of that slump this year,” said Willis, who was a Canyon assistant last season. Canyon landed an impact transfer in Colby Hyatt, a junior who was a standout pitcher and hitter at L.A. Baptist of North Hills last season. Hyatt could develop into the staff ace, and he also has home run power. Newcomers Matt Warr, Chris Kingsbury and Michael Loucks should also make an impact offensively, and right-hander Tommy Kimmerle is a top returning pitcher. Gerry Gittelson, (661) email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Nobody in Valencia High baseball circles seems to want to use the word “comeback,” but that’s exactly what this season is about. The region’s most feared program of the new millennium while winning three successive Foothill League titles from 2002 to 2004, Valencia proved quite beatable last season, finishing 15-13 overall and third in league (five games behind first-place Saugus) before a quiet first-round exit in the Southern Section playoffs. Finishing just two games above .500 might be good enough for some programs, but not Valencia – even if coach Jared Snyder isn’t saying so. “The reason I don’t consider this a comeback season is there’s nothing to come back from,” Snyder said. “We just had a very tough schedule last year, and the kids weren’t prepared for it. There were a lot of positives, including making the playoffs with so many young guys. I guess I look at it differently.”
DRUMKEEN United were rewarded today with a home tie in the 4th Round of the the FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup.United, who beat Carrigaline United last weekend will play Dublin side Verona FC.Kildrum Tigers, who drew 0-0 with Dunboyne at the weekend, face a trip to Cork if they win the replay. A win will see them take on College Corinthians who knocked out Letterkenny Rovers in the last round. FULL FIXTURE LIST BELOW – GAMES ON WEEKEND OF JANUARY 29THDrumkeen United FCV Verona FCFirhouse Clover FC /Phoenix FCVLucan United FCBelgrove FC /Malahide United FCVDouglas Hall AFCCherry Orchard FCVMayfield United FCKillester United FCVCrumlin United FCEverton AFC /Rathcoole Boys FCVTolka Rovers FC /St. Patrick’s CYFCCollege Corinthians FCVKildrum Tigers FC /Dunboyne AFCBlarney United FC /Greystones AFCVYoughal United FC /Avondale United FCDRUMKEEN GET HOME DRAW IN FAI CUP! was last modified: December 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:drumkeen unitedfai cupkildrum tigers
Yuk! Lifford waterDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has sent a picture of dirty mains water first revealed on Donegal Daily to Environment Minister Phil Hogan.The Sinn Fein politician said he was horrified when he saw the picture from our exclusive story at the weekend.Siobhan Kelly, from the Castlefin Road in Lifford, has had to put up with water like this for the past six years. Other media outlets have since followed up our story. “It’s a disgrace in this day and age that anyone should have to put up with this,” said Deputy Doherty.“When I saw the picture from Donegal Daily I couldn’t believe it. Families have a basic right to clean water.“So I sent it to Phil Hogan to see what he thinks. Although this is one of the worst cases that I have experienced, unfortunately the people of Lifford are not alone in their plight. There are several towns and villages across the county that require mains water pipe replacement and time and time again we witness the same shuffling back and forth between Department and Council.“Over the past number of years, Donegal County Council has had its budget from the Department slashed and it no longer has the necessary funds to carry out the essential repairs to our water infrastructure. All funding for such works must be provided at national level. “Consequently, the Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan must accept that the responsibility for this situation lies squarely at his door. Looking at the colour of the water in the photo, it is laughable that the same Minister intends to charge people for their water supply next year.“Is it any wonder that the people of this county are so opposed to the water, septic tank and family home taxes when they see such a picture of the mains water supply? It is time that Minister Hogan focussed less of his energies in developing new means of taxing ordinary people and instead took responsibility for the services his Department are supposed to provide.“I am calling on the Minister to intervene and ensure that funding is made available immediately to carry out the necessary works to resolve this issue and restore clean drinking water to the people of Lifford.” DONEGAL TD SENDS DONEGAL DAILY ‘DIRTY WATER’ PICTURE TO MINISTER was last modified: May 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL TD SENDS DONEGAL DAILY ‘DIRTY WATER’ PICTURE TO MINISTER
Arcata >> In the games following their previous four losses, the Humboldt Crabs were able to bounce back right away and start another winning streak.On Friday night, a different kind of streak started.For the first time all summer, the Crabs have lost back-to-back games, as the uber-talented Pacific Union Financial Capitalists were able to claim a 4-1 win over Humboldt in front of a packed house at the Arcata Ball Park.“[Starting pitcher Jeffrey Kersten] gave us every opportunity to win that …
Robbie Gould didn’t get his wish to play closer to his family in Chicago, but the 49ers were still able to satisfy their kicker in the form of a whopping, new contract that put an end to what he called a “weird offseason.”Gould, who league sources said signed a two-year, $10.5 fully guaranteed deal that may turn out to be a four-year, $19 million contract months after demanding a trade, said he’s relieved to have the drama behind him.“The big thing for me is that I wanted to be close to my …