Running Club holds weekend race in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe running series, which began on Sept.4, is an informal group of low key, cross-country running races, consisting of six races and one relay, being held over an eight-week period. The series was created to develop the sport of cross-country running within the Peace Region.In the boy’s Grade 1-3 race category, Fort St John residents included first place winner Owen Barrow, as well as Tyler Webster and Tristen Bourassa. Alyssa and Sarah Webster both raced in the girls Grade 4-6 category, Norma Webster raced in the Women’s 35-49 category, and Barb Polehoykie and Joanne Gorman took part in the Women’s 50+ Master 2 division, placing first and second respectively.The aim of the running series is to encourage participation of athletes of all ages and skill levels. In order to be eligible for a series award, one must complete at least three races. If more than three are completed, the racers best three results will be counted.- Advertisement -Next week organizers are hoping to go to Grande Prairie for the final X-Country race in the series.last_img read more

Paving way for 605/10 funding

first_imgAfter all the press conferences, letters and lobbying by officials from local cities, the fate of the crowded interchange at the heart of the San Gabriel Valley came down to a single conference call. The call took place on Feb. 27 between Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials and local legislators including Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles. Hernandez described it as a vigorous discussion of the need to fund a $70 million upgrade to the junction of the 10 and 605 freeways. By late that day, the officials received assurances from the California Transportation Commission that the project would be funded, even though the San Gabriel Valley would see none of the $4.5 billion in freeway improvements made available by Proposition 1B, approved by the voters last November. But she added that it is only in one-on-one negotiations that the true impact of the project could be conveyed. “Our big goal was to show how the 10/605 interchange is to the San Gabriel Valley what the \ 405 and \ 101 interchange is to the San Fernando Valley,” M rquez said. “If you don’t get out of downtown and the Westside, it is hard to see how true that statement is.” An average of 438,000 vehicles use the 605/10 interchange daily, making it the 19th busiest in the state, according to Caltrans statistics. The 405/101 interchange handles about 632,000 vehicles daily. Hernandez said that having local cities backing him up helped in the negotiations. “We asked all the cities in my district to look at passing resolutions in support of the project and write letters,” he said. “When we had the lobbying effort involving the masses, they listened.” Ben Jong, a transportation planning manager for Caltrans, said construction on the interchange upgrades could begin as soon as the middle of 2008. The project will involve the construction of a flyover connecting the south 605 and eastbound 10 freeway routes. The unification of Valley cities behind the project was unprecedented, said West Covina Councilman Steve Herfert. “This has done more for the San Gabriel Valley than anything in the last 10 years,” he said, noting that South El Monte, Baldwin Park, La Puente, Azusa and West Covina all were involved in the lobbying effort. “Suddenly we had 10, 15 electeds at an MTA meeting. And I think you will see that continue at future meetings as well.” Herfert said there was even talk of the cities hiring a lobbyist together to help secure future transportation funding. But he also credited the local legislators for acting as the spearhead in the 605/10 effort. Baldwin Park Councilman Ricardo Pacheco concurred. “Everyone helped out however they could,” Pacheco said, noting that as head of the San Gabriel Valley Caucus in the legislature, Hernandez’s role was crucial. “I really credit Hernandez with bringing the issue to the front of the line and getting everybody behind it.” The coalition of local cities definitely had an effect on the interchange funding, said Douglas Johnson, a consulting fellow with the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College. But he added that the Valley love fest may be short-lived. “This is all driven by self-interest; that mess of an interchange dumps so many commuters onto surrounding streets that it really extends the impact far beyond the immediate area,” Johnson said. “But for other projects like the Gold Line, the regional impact on traffic will be almost nothing.” In that case, it may be difficult for cities without Gold Line stops, like West Covina or Baldwin Park, to lend their support, he said. “Mayors will have to explain to their constituents why they are supporting a project that is not going to provide a direct benefit to them,” Johnson said. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials agree the unification of various Valley cities behind the interchange project made a difference in securing the state funds, and that this impromptu coalition may help in lobbying for future area projects. But despite this unprecedented collaboration between cities with varying interests, in the end it was standard political arm-twisting behind closed doors – during that late February conference call – that led to real results for the Valley. “Without a doubt the good old-fashioned politicking is part of what we do, and what we did in this case,” said Roxane M rquez, Molina’s press deputy. M rquez said the support from Valley cities was imperative in showing that the legislators negotiating with the MTA and the state had the backing of their constituents. “It was vital because other areas, such as West L.A. had more than their fair share of folks lobbying for them, so we had to show we had an equal amount of strength,” she said. last_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 0 Man Utd 1 – Blues behind after Zouma is stretchered off

first_imgJesse Lingard’s goal put Manchester United ahead at Stamford Bridge shortly after Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was stretchered off.Wayne Rooney nudged Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s cross towards Lingard, who cleverly turned away from Cesar Azpilicueta and smashed past Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was called upon twice in the opening 15 minutes, comfortably gathering low-range efforts from Borthwick-Jackson and Michael Carrick.Blues keeper Courtois then produced a fine save, diving to his left to push away Anthony Martial’s curling shot.Chelsea skipper John Terry was given a predictably rousing reception on his first appearance at the Bridge since announcing that he is not being offered a new contract and will leave when his current deal expires at the end of the season.There was nothing rousing about the home team’s start, but midway through the half they suddenly clicked into gear.Nemanja Matic’s header from Willian’s right-wing corner was saved by United keeper David De Gea, and Diego Costa fired narrowly wide after being put through by Oscar’s clever through-ball.Oscar then had two chances in quick succession, but he shot over after exchanging passes with Azpilicueta and was just unable to connect with Willian’s low cross.And in the final seconds of the first half, Chelsea felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Willian sent the ball in from the right and Daley Blind blocked Terry’s shot with his arm.United made a blistering start to the second half and Rooney and Lingard had shots saved by Courtois, while Martial fired wide of the near post.It prompted Guus Hiddink to bring on the fit-again Eden Hazard and a couple of minutes later the Chelsea interim boss was forced to make another change after Zouma landed worryingly awkwardly after going up for a header.Worse followed for Hiddink’s side on the hour mark when Lingard broke the deadlock.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma (Cahill 59), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar (Hazard 54); Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why the Raiders want to go Canada, and why they may not get there

first_imgIntriguing news coming from a Saskatchewan football … Intriguing news from the NFL owners meeting in Arizona: The Raiders are considering playing an exhibition game in Canada in August.Sounds weird, but it has to be true — it’s on Twitter:One topic that is being kicked around here in AZ: The #Raiders are mulling playing a preseason game in Canada, I’m told. Possibly in Saskatchewan. Potentially, the #Rams in Hawaii, #Raiders in Canada.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 26, 2019last_img read more

South Africa plays its part for Madiba

first_img6 July 2015The Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with Brand South Africa, launches the Play your Part for Madiba campaign today.“Interventions, such as the Play your Part for Madiba campaign. position the youth as key role players in the country’s drive for social and economic development,” said Mandela Day and outreach manager Yase Godlo.The campaign calls on citizens to embody the values and spirit of the late leader, Nelson Mandela, and to play their part in growing and developing the country.Godlo said the three principles followed by Madiba throughout his life were: free yourself, free others and serve every day.Nelson Mandela International Day is aimed at ensuring the continuation of Madiba’s legacy in making the world a better one for all, through acts of kindness, no matter how small.“This aims to uphold [former] president Nelson Mandela’s legacy as a moral authority and a symbol of what we can achieve with true dedication to the cause of peace, dignity, reconciliation and forgiveness, and in so doing help to make a difference by building a global movement for good.”Nelson Mandela International Day was declared by the UN General Assembly by unanimous decision in 2009. It is held on 18 July each year, Mandela’s birthday. The decision was inspired by a call Mandela made in 2008 for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.“It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy,” says the foundation. “It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.”Godlo added: “As the nation and the world remembers the profound and lasting impressions of Madiba, who is recognised and celebrated as an icon for racial equality and freedom, South Africans are encouraged to play their part towards positive change by building their communities and upholding a spirit of ubuntu and social cohesion.Through its Play your Part for Madiba campaign, Brand South Africa, in partnership with the foundation, calls on citizens to make every day a Mandela Day. South Africa will commemorate the legacy of Tata Mandela, as he was affectionately known, for the whole month of July.The campaign “aims to uphold Nelson Mandela’s legacy as a moral authority and a symbol of what we can achieve with true dedication to the cause of peace, dignity, reconciliation and forgiveness, and in so doing help to make a difference by building a global movement for good,” says the foundation.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Lost luggage means nothing as national team arrives with ‘gift’

first_imgGilas Pilipinas arrived to a welcome fit for heroes on Monday night with coach Yeng Guiao and rugged forward RR Pogoy embracing the adulation even if their luggage was lost in transit.“It might have been left in Dubai or wherever, but I don’t care. I will never forget this experience,” Pogoy said in Filipino at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where a small crowd of well-wishers cheered loudly for Guiao, who steered the Filipinos to two overseas wins and back to the Fiba World Cup that will be held in China later this year.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Philippines was the seventh qualifier from Asia, joining host China, Australia, New Zealand, Jordan, Japan and Iran in the 32-nation main draw which the Chinese will host in eight cities from Aug. 31-Sept. 15.“I know our countrymen didn’t waver in their faith, and our National team didn’t let them down,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, who traveled to both Doha and Astana together with members of the board to support Gilas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As title defense starts, Cangolf starters remain a mystery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “We all know that Filipinos love basketball so much,” Guiao said. “This is our gift to them.”Gilas pulled off victories over Qatar and Kazakhstan in a three-day span, shrugging off the effects of long plane rides and varying weather to punch one of the last World Cup tickets reserved for Asia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“What we did took a lot from us,” point guard Jason Castro said in Filipino. “The plane trips were tough, the climate was difficult to handle, and almost straight from the (Kazakhstan) game, we had to go to the airport [for the flight to home].“But it’s all worth it, seeing that our countrymen are happy,” he added. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View commentslast_img read more