Gymnastics club suffers total loss

first_imgIf your child was registered in any of their summer camp programs, mini classes or you had a birthday party booked, the Association will issue refunds.  Contact them at [email protected] with the following information:Parent name:Child name:Address:Phone number:Email address:Program:Program Date/Time:Invoice #If you can help the club find a new space or help in any other way, contact them at [email protected] The North Peace Gymnastics Association has announced they will be closing their doors until further notice after the fire at the North Peace Arena on July 18.According to a post on their Facebook page, the group says that all of their equipment has been damaged beyond repair and will need to be replaced, causing the Association to close until further notice.  Fire Fighters from Fort St. John and Taylor spent more than eight hours fighting a fire in the roof of the North Peace Arena over the Gymnastics facility.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.- Advertisement -Although the equipment was insured, it will take sometime to replace everything as well as find a new home for the club.According to Richelle Gauvin of North Peace Gymnastics not only is the club in a bind, but so are families as many counted on the facility for summer child care.“Most people aren’t aware how many people use our facility,” she said. We have just over 900 members that use our facility. We are one of the only recreation facilities in town that offer services 12 months of the year. September to June we offer recreational classes and competitive classes, but this year we were full capacity for summer camps and that’s for all age groups. This summer we’ve left many families in a desperate situation because a lot of it was child care.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar sparkles as PSG thrash Bordeaux

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar shoots on goal during their match against Bordeaux (FCGB) on September 30, 2017 in Paris © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONPARIS, France, Sep 30 – Neymar scored twice, including a first-half penalty, and created another goal as Paris Saint-Germain hammered previously unbeaten Bordeaux 6-2 in Ligue 1 on Saturday.The Brazilian curled in a brilliant 30-yard free-kick after just five minutes at the Parc des Princes before sliding in Edinson Cavani to double the lead seven minutes later. Thomas Meunier’s excellent side-footed finish made it 3-0 to PSG on 21 minutes, but Bordeaux hit back on the half hour as Younousse Sankhare applied the final touch to a slick team move.PSG were then awarded a penalty, the first since a row between Neymar and Cavani over spot-kick duties overshadowed a 2-0 win against Lyon a fortnight ago, with Neymar this time stepping up to convert.“For me the important thing with penalties is to score them,” said PSG coach Unai Emery. “The main thing is the two of them see the opportunity and they both can take penalties. The decision is down to those two. We’ve already spoken about it internally.”Julian Draxler volleyed in a superb fifth before half-time and Kylian Mbappe added another on 58 minutes, while Malcom scored a late penalty for Bordeaux, as PSG pulled three points clear of defending champions Monaco at the top.“It was a good win against a team that was still undefeated,” said Mbappe. “We don’t need to send a message, we’re just concentrating on ourselves. We could still do better, we’re not going to be picky, but there’s still room for a bit more.”Emery rested captain Thiago Silva for the visit of third-place Bordeaux, who arrived in the capital trailing PSG by just four points after seven matches.– Rapid start –The hosts brushed aside five-time European champions Bayern Munich 3-0 in midweek and the gap in class on Saturday was evident from the start against Jocelyn Gourvennec’s team.With Monaco dropping points in Friday’s 1-1 draw at home to Montpellier, PSG immediately signalled their intent as three quick-fire goals left Bordeaux seeking to limit the damage.Neymar struck early as his magnificent free-kick flashed beyond a helpless Benoit Costil, with the Brazilian then playing in Cavani to poke in his eighth league goal of the season on 12 minutes.PSG were further in front when Yuri Berchiche’s cross from the left skipped past Mbappe but Meunier ran onto it and the Belgian international steered masterfully past Costil.Bordeaux replied on 31 minutes after Theo Pellenard demonstrated remarkable composure to thread in Nicolas de Preville who squared for Sankhare to tap into an empty net.But a senseless handball from Otavio gifted PSG a penalty and Neymar, rather than Cavani whose effort in the Lyon win on September 17 was saved, tucked away the spot-kick for his sixth league goal.Draxler made it five in style on the stroke of half-time when he fired in from Mbappe’s floated cross, and the French teenager notched a goal of his own on 58 minutes after he was released in behind the defence by the German.Bordeaux substitute Alexandre Mendy smacked the outside of the post on 69 minutes, while Neymar nearly completed his hat-trick when his shot whistled just wide after a clever exchange with Draxler.Brazilian Malcom, who extended his contract with Bordeaux until 2021 this week, netted a consolation in the final minute after Jonathan Cafu was fouled in the area by Meunier.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Breaking: Gardai seal off house as elderly couple found dead

first_imgGardai have sealed off a house in the village of Convoy after an elderly couple were found dead.The couple were found dead earlier today by neighbours who alerted Gardai.The coroner for Donegal, Dr Denis McCauley is on his way to the scene to carry out a further examination of the bodies. Gardai have sealed off the area and a full Garda forensic examination is expected to also take place.The married couple were very well-known in the area.A Garda spokesman said “This is very fresh and we simply cannot say at this stage how they died.“A full examination of the scene will be carried out to determine what direction our investigation will take.” We will bring you more on this story as we get it.Breaking: Gardai seal off house as elderly couple found dead was last modified: March 14th, 2019 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:convoycoronercouple deaddonegalGardailast_img read more

Mobile App Store Pocketgear Rebrands as Appia, Goes White Label

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#apps#mobile#news sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Pocketgear, a major name in mobile application stores, has today announced a rebranding and shift in focus. It will now become Appia, a company focused on offering a white label app store platform for mobile operators, handset manufacturers and other mobile portals.Already, Appia powers the app stores for over 40 industry partners, including 4 of the 5 top handset makers, one being the Samsung Widget Store, as well as stores for U.S. mobile carriers T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and AT&T. In total, Appia serves apps through its platform to over 3,200 mobile devices.For Developers: Access to Global Distribution ChannelsAppia’s developer community, which grew out of its Pocketgear days, now totals over 32, 000. The developers are heavily Android-focused right now, we’re told, with approximately half their offerings being built for Google’s Android mobile operating system. The other half are Symbian, BlackBerry, Java, Palm or Windows Mobile/Phone focused.With the new white label offering, Appia wants to help developers expand their reach to global application distribution markets. Through the updated developer portal at, app developers can submit their apps for inclusion in the app stores that Appia supports.In total, these stores see a combined 500,000+ downloads per day, and that number is expected to double by mid-2011, says Dov Cohn, Appia’s VP of Marketing. And Appia has relationships with more than 50 top channel partners in place, including, as mentioned above, several of the top carriers in the U.S., plus three of the top 10 mobile operators globally.center_img For Brands, Carriers, OEM and Handset Manufacturers: White Label StoresFor those interested in building a branded app store experience of their own, Appia’s white label service now wants to be that one-stop shop for launching a managed app store for any platforms or devices a brand, carrier, OEM or handset maker has in mind.In addition to powering the stores for major carriers and handset manufacturers like Samsung, Appia says it now has two more deals in place with “major brands,” but can’t disclose what those are at this time. It also is working to expand its carrier partner relationships in Latin America and Europe. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why this Matters: 75% of Mobile App Revenue Comes from “On-Deck” AppsAlthough you may think that application stores like iTunes, the Android Market and others are the only places where developers are earning revenue, that’s not actually the case. These “off-deck” stores – the ones that sell directly to consumers – only account for a fourth of the global mobile application revenues. “On deck,” or carrier-managed, app stores actually account for 75% of the global app revenues. This is according to MarketsandMarkets’ World Mobile Applications Market Global Forecast, released in August 2010.That balance is changing, though. The same report notes that the number of off-deck app stores is growing rapidly, thanks to lowered entry barriers and the establishment of new stores. By the end of 2015, the off-deck app stores will just surpass the number of downloads from on-deck stores. However, even then, the on-deck app stores will be an important channel to address, for developers and store operators alike. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Is Tech Making You More Anxious? 5 Things to Try

first_imgRelated Posts Follow the Puck Frank Landman Technology makes our lives better in many ways, making us more productive, giving us access to cheaper resources, and even extending our lifespans. But our human minds and bodies didn’t evolve to deal with the effects of long-term technology usage, and accordingly, tech has the power to make our lives worse as well.How Tech Makes Us AnxiousOne of the most prevailing problems here is technology’s tendency to make us more anxious, sometimes spurring the development of full-blown anxiety disorders.These are just some of the ways in which it happens:Information overload. The internet connects us to resources all over the world, and it’s easy to think that more information is always better, but there’s a dark side to that availability: information overload. When we’re presented with too much information, or too many options, we become paralyzed with uncertainty, and a desire to always learn more.Notifications. Everything seems to send out a notification, from our email to our social media, to the apps we use on a regular basis. With a constant stream of interruptions, it’s hard to focus on our most important work, and we get the sense that we’re pulled in dozens of directions at any given time.Dealing with uncertainty. You can look up anything in an instant, whether it’s the name of the actor in the movie you’re watching or how to get to the drug store in a new city. While this accessibility is usually a good thing, it also makes us less comfortable with uncertainty in our daily lives. We want an immediate answer for everything, so we feel anxious whenever we don’t have one.Social isolation. With tech, you can buy things and handle your responsibilities without ever interacting with other humans. Unfortunately, this leads to social isolation, and makes us less confident when engaging with other people in a real-world environment. Even socially competent people can struggle with social anxiety after being used to purely online interactions.Public judgment. Making a social media post leaves you vulnerable to worldwide judgment; in an instant, thousands of people could see into your life. This virtual vulnerability can also contribute to our feelings of anxiety.Comparison. On social media, we often see our friends and acquaintances posting about the amazing vacation they’re about to have, or the new promotion they got at work. It’s easy to compare our lives to theirs, filling us with anxiety and a kind of existential dread.What to DoIf you’re reeling from the effects of tech-driven anxiety, there are a number of strategies you can try to lessen its effects:1. Try anti-anxiety remedies. First, consider taking a natural supplement, like Blue Lotus. This Egyptian herb has been used in Eastern medicine for hundreds of years and is said to promote a calming, sedative effect. It can make your social interactions much easier and put you in a better mood overall.2. Turn off your notifications. Head to your device’s settings and turn off every notification you can stand to turn off. In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have any such interruptions; you can access your apps individually, on your own terms, to learn new things or check for new messages. This way, your life will be less interrupted, and you’ll feel a better sense of control. You’ll also have more natural exposure to uncertainty.3. Narrow your exposure to social media. While social media can be beneficial, it’s also a major opportunity for jealous comparisons and other anxiety-inducing behaviors. Instead of cutting it out of your life completely, try to narrow your exposure; for some people, that may mean narrowing the number of people you follow. For others, it may mean deleting half your current platforms.4. Go on an information diet. You could also go on an “information diet,” a temporary or permanent lifestyle change meant to expose you to less information overall. This requires you to evaluate the quality of each source of information in your life, including apps and websites you frequent, and eliminate the majority of them. Less news and less information may actually make you feel better.5. Expose yourself to uncertainty. Finally, try to expose yourself to more experiences where the outcome is uncertain. That may mean getting yourself intentionally lost in the woods, or talking to more strangers on your daily commute. It will help you learn to cope with uncertainty in a healthier way.Because tech tends to reward us for using it, many of these strategies require a significant amount of self-discipline—but they’re worth the effort. Start with one, and gradually make your way to the others. Chances are, you’ll start to feel their positive effects in your life, and you’ll be motivated to continue with the process. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. last_img read more

The US Draws An Easy Group At The 2019 World Cup France

South Africa23.758.2 Japan98.389.3 Brazil96.089.7 Australia95.390.2 Cameroon24.957.7 Argentina14.732.9 Group avg.—65.1 ANorway66.879.7 Jamaica22.053.3 Germany95.292.6 ENew Zealand69.779.5 Group avg.—78.6 Group avg.—78.9 CItaly58.368.2 Group avg.—80.7 Chile22.343.8 United States99.896.4 Despite underperforming at the youth level, the U.S. still boasts the best senior-level women’s soccer team on the planet.2Both our SPI and FIFA put the Americans in the top spot. The Americans have won the most World Cups (three), and they’ve played in the past two finals, but they’ve never repeated as champions.3Only Germany has done so — it won the championship in 2003 and 2007. That could change this year, as they’ve been drawn into Group F with Sweden, Thailand and Chile. According to our SPI, it’s the second-easiest of the six groups. At 99.8 percent, the Americans have the highest chance of advancing to the Round of 16 of any of the 24 teams in the tournament.The Swedes are always strong at the World Cup — they’ve finished in third place twice and were runners-up in 2003 — but the same cannot be said for the other two teams: Thailand didn’t advance out of the group stage in its first World Cup appearance at Canada 2015, and Chile is making its first ever World Cup appearance. If U.S. stars like captain Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe bring their goal-scoring boots to France next summer, fledgling teams like Thailand and Chile will be in a world of trouble.The weakest group in terms of average SPI is Group D, which contains England, Japan, Scotland and Argentina. England and Japan are two of the best teams in the tournament,4According to both our SPI and FIFA’s rankings. but Scotland and Argentina5Unlike their male counterparts, the Argentina women’s team is without a Lionel Messi. are two of the weakest. SPI has them ranked as the third-worst and worst teams in the tournament, respectively.That said, Group D still promises to be interesting: England will get the chance to avenge its semifinal loss to Japan at Canada 2015, and Scotland will get the chance to spoil the plans of its neighbors to the south. If the feelings of the England squad reflect those of its star winger Karen Carney, they won’t be looking forward to playing their rivals.“I wouldn’t want them,” Carney told BBC Radio 5. “It’s good to have the rivalry, but you want to win the group. They’d have a lot of fans coming over, and the rivalry can be a leveler.”The Scots better hope that’s true — the last time they played England in a major tournament, they lost 6-0. But even if they do get shellacked again, Scottish women will be able to say something Scottish men haven’t been able to say for two decades: They played at the World Cup. England98.787.9 groupteamMAKE ROUND OF 16SPI Rating Group avg.—75.3 BSpain74.380.3 FThailand38.053.8 DScotland45.250.1 The hardest (and easiest) groups in the Women’s World CupEach team’s chance of advancing to the Round of 16 and each group’s average Soccer Power Index* rating Netherlands89.488.7 Canada91.289.5 France94.9%93.4 Nigeria37.767.7 China78.283.2 Sweden93.283.1 It was fitting that Didier Deschamps drew the first lottery ball for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which placed France in Group A. He’s lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy for France on two occasions, as team captain in 1998 and as team manager of France’s men’s team in 2018. But what first felt poetic felt anything but by the time the rest of Group A had been fleshed out: He couldn’t have known it ahead of time, but Deschamps had doomed his beloved French to the dreaded group of death.Joining the French in Group A are Norway and South Korea — each ranked in the FIFA top 15 — and Nigeria, three-time defending champion of the Africa Women Cup of Nations. According to our Soccer Power Index (SPI), the French are the second best team in the world at the moment,1FIFA has them ranked third. ranked behind tournament favorites the United States.Host nations have never failed to advance to the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup, and the French roster, led by creative midfielder Eugenie Le Sommer, will be full of class. The French will almost certainly make it out of the group stage and challenge for the hardware next summer. Our projections give them a 94.9 percent chance of advancing past the group stage, which is the second lowest number of any top team in a group. (Only Canada at 91.2 percent is lower.) Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg’s absence from the Norwegian team will make it less a threat to France’s chances of finishing at the top of the group — but playing in the group of death will ensure France’s path isn’t an easy one. * FiveThirtyEight’s measure of team strength on a scale of 0-100. Group avg.—69.3 South Korea72.181.9 read more

slams RBI Guv rajans views on Make in India strategy

first_imgRejecting RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s criticism of ‘Make in India’ programme, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said it is about manufacturing of quality products at low costs and it was not relevant whether they are sold in India or abroad.“Whether Make in India is made for consumers within India or outside is not so relevant. The principle today says that consumers across the world likes to purchase products which are cheaper and are of good quality. They hire services which are cheaper and good quality,” Jaitley said here.Earlier this month, Rajan had sounded a word of caution about the new government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, saying it assumes an export-led growth path of China and it should rather be ‘Make for India’ with a focus on manufacturing products for the domestic market.last_img read more

Land allocation slowing down work of KMC night shelters

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s attempts in setting up night shelters in the city has not picked up its desired pace due to non-cooperation from central agencies in allocating land for the purpose.”Central agencies like the Railways and Kolkata Port Trust have a lot of abandoned land scattered here and there in the city. But they are not cooperating with us in allocating land for the project. We had held three meetings in this regard in the last three months, but their officials had attended only the first meeting,” Member, Mayor-in-Council (Bustee Development) Swapan Samaddar said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the Supreme Court had prodded all the states in the country for setting up such shelters and has set a target of one such shelter per one lakh people.At present, Kolkata has around 40 night shelters, of which 35 have been set up by the state government and five by the KMC, all of which are single-storeyed.”We have already prepared the detailed plan for five night shelters and are awaiting allocation of funds from the state Municipal Affairs department. Construction work will start soon. These shelters will come up at wards 2, 5, 36, 133 and 57,” a senior KMC official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe new night shelters will be either two or three-storeyed, for accommodating a large number of people. Finding land for construction of such night shelters is a problem and Samaddar is holding meetings every month with KMC officials of the borough level, state agencies like the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT), Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC) and central agencies.The five existing KMC night shelters at Chetla, Bhowanipore, Galiff Street, Gauribari Lane and Raja Manindra Road can accommodate around 2,500 people on a daily basis.last_img read more