Big Brothers Big Sisters Fort St. John opening Jumpstart funding

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fort St. John and Area have announced that they are partnering with Canadian Tire Jumpstart to offer local area kids the chance to play sports.Launched 11 years ago, the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program has allowed children from families who don’t have the financial means to participate in organised sports. Big Brothers Big Sisters have teamed up with the program to allow area parents and guardians to apply for the Jumpstart funding. There is also an online application form that can be filled out at this link: funding is available for those that:Have a child between the ages of 4 and 18.Want to be involved in a sport or physical activity that involves at least 5 sessions.Are in a demographic which would be considered in financial need.- Advertisement -For more information, contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fort St. John at (250) 787-9674.last_img read more

Northern Lights College receives funding for oil and gas training

first_img“Northern Lights College is an innovative educational leader,” writes college president Nick Rubidge. “The co-operation, collaboration and input of industry have created an outstanding training venue.”The money is to be spent in the college’s B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Oil and Gas, which is a hub for shared oil and gas expertise including curriculum development, program promotion and co-ordinated training opportunities.“Preparing students to enter the oil and gas industry with high-quality training supports the needs of industry and our provincial economy,” writes Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “The centre continues to provide regional education opportunities that benefit an economy that is diverse, strong and growing.”- Advertisement -The purpose of the center, according to a provincial release, is to align education and training with in-demand occupations that are critical to the oil and gas and other industries – similar to B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.“The oil and gas sector in B.C. is poised for growth – much of it in the north,” writes Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Minister and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond. “Through the Skills for Jobs Blueprint, government is working closely with industry and labour ensuring to deliver training and apprentices to meet labour force demands.”Minister Bond adds, “With a million jobs openings projected in B.C. by 2022 driven by retirements and a growing economy, we ensure British Columbians have the right skills to find their fit in our diverse and growing economy.”Advertisement The B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Oil and Gas was announced in November of 2012, and is most recently developing a Working in Natural Gas program that is being delivered throughout the province.last_img read more

Protests target `Code’ viewers

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Jun Apostol and a group of friends stood outside the AMC Montebello 10 hours before the theater’s first showing of “The Da Vinci Code.” But Apostol, 70, was not in line for a ticket to the film. He and some associates from the America Needs Fatima campaign instead lined the perimeter of the venue and asked moviegoers to boycott the film. “We’re delivering the message to people that this is not a good movie,” said the Montebello resident. “They are stripping Jesus of his divinity and attacking what we believe in.” Apostol was among a slew of people across the United States protesting Sony Pictures’ version of the blockbuster novel by Dan Brown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsOn Friday, about 15 local demonstrators said they stood in representation of the Legion of Mary, their church and the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property. Highly anticipated, “The Da Vinci Code” has been met with mixed reviews – mostly prior to its national debut – by groups throughout the United States. A Vatican official suggested that Catholics boycott the movie, and other groups have recommended that people still go to the movies this weekend, but that they watch something other than “The Da Vinci Code.” Montebello resident Susan Watkins said she hasn’t been bothered by all the hype. Nor was she discouraged by the group of protesters outside the Montebello theater on the film’s opening day. “I don’t listen to people telling me what to do,” said Watkins, 54, adding she read Brown’s book. “I’m not Catholic, but I loved the last pope. But I don’t feel other people should be telling me what’s right for me.” Apostol said his group’s protest is not intended to prevent people from seeing the film, but to warn them of what he believes are erroneous reports and depictions regarding Jesus. He and other protesters, which included residents from Monterey Park and Alhambra, held signs that read: “`The Da Vinci Code’ mocks our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. Stop Blasphemy!” Demonstrators outside the Montebello venue remained silent throughout their efforts, several of them sliding rosary beads between their fingers as they prayed. Occasionally, Consolacion Gonzales of Montebello approached the curb and waved her sign at passersby. “We have to defend our Lord,” said the 72-year-old Catholic. “He died for us, and we’re mocking him and making him an ordinary person – and he’s not.” East Los Angeles resident Josh Dominguez said he understands religious groups’ concerns about “The Da Vinci Code.” Personal beliefs aside, the 18-year-old, who said he read Brown’s novel two months ago, was also among the first in line for the film’s debut in Montebello. “I just thought it would be an interesting movie,” Dominguez said. “I really liked the book, and if it’s a good movie, I will recommend it to other people.” Passerby Aarnell Jones of Compton admitted he wasn’t very familiar with Dan Brown’s book, its movie adaptation or anything involving “The Da Vinci Code.” After inquiring about the protesters’ campaign, Jones, 32, later said he may opt to watch the film “to investigate what’s so bad about it” on his own. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Hockey skating on thin ice as play resumes

first_imgDon’t know the difference between a hat trick and a cross-check? So what. Not too long ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t know the difference, either. When a fan celebrated the team’s first-ever hat trick by throwing his hat on the ice – a long-standing hockey tradition when a player scores three goals in a game – a security guard tried to kick him out of the arena for littering. Now the Lightning are the defending Stanley Cup champions, which just proves that starting from scratch isn’t so tough. And with NHL teams desperate to lure fans to their games after a yearlong layoff, now’s the perfect time to be a hockey fan, even if you’re starting from scratch. While players and owners bickered about salary caps for 18 months, sports fans in Southern California moved on. Tickets are cheap. They’re practically giving them away on the local radio stations. If you can’t get the free tickets, the Kings have packages for the family (four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for $80) and for a few friends (two tickets, two nachos and two beers for $49). The Ducks have an innovative Victory Package – buy tickets to six games, and for each one the Ducks win, get a free ticket to another game. The cheap-ticket tactic just might work. Serrano liked the Kings’ ticket-and-beer package. “That is a good deal,” he said. “If they give you a good deal, I might consider it.” The NHL has made a handful of rules changes to make the game more exciting, too. There are fewer game stoppages – there are no pauses in hockey, only stoppages – and better flow, officials said. The goalies’ pads are smaller, making for more offense. And the dreaded tie scores are gone. Now, if the game is still deadlocked after a five-minute sudden-death overtime, there will be a shootout. “The rules changes should help,” said Bryan Goodwin, who just moved to Woodland Hills from Boston, where he played hockey for Bentley College. “Obviously, I’m a little prejudiced, but I absolutely missed it.” The Kings and Ducks are trolling for fans. The Ducks formed a fan development department to do just that. They’re having players, coaches and front-office personnel go to local schools and hockey clubs to speak to kids. “We want to make these kids excited, and their parents excited, about hockey,” said Bob Wagner, the Ducks’ chief marketing officer. “It’s definitely a renaissance. It’s definitely a time of change. But it’s also a time to welcome back hockey.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 THE BASICS Things to know for your first hockey game: The basics: Each team has six players on the ice at a time – a goalie, two defenders, two wings and a center. The goalies play the entire game. The other players stay on the ice in brief shifts. Time: The game is divided into three, 20-minute periods. If the game is tied after three periods, there’s a five-minute, sudden-death overtime. If the game is still tied after overtime, a shootout – new for the 2005-06 season – determines the winner. In all, the game takes about 2 hours. The Stanley Cup: The most storied trophy in all of sports, the Cup is awarded annually to the National Hockey League champion. Each player on the team has his name engraved on the Cup, and each player gets to keep the Cup for one day. The Cup was donated to the league in 1893 by Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley of Preston. Over the years, the Cup has been stolen twice, left on the side of a road once and urinated in at least once – Hall of Famer Lynn Patrick did that honor after the Rangers’ 1940 Stanley Cup victory. The Rangers didn’t win the Cup again for 54 years. Terms to know Penalty: When a player does something illegal – such as hooking another player with his hockey stick – the referee gives him a penalty. He must spend time in the penalty box, and his team must play short-handed. Power play: When a team has more players on the ice than its opponent due to a penalty, that team is on a power play. Power plays provide great scoring opportunities. Hat trick: A player scores three goals in one game. Line change: Players stay on the ice in brief shifts, changing on the fly, in the middle of a play. Goon: A player whose primary responsibility is to beat up his opponents. These players take pride in penalty minutes the way others do goals and assists. Five hole: The space between a goaltender’s legs. Sweater: Hockey players don’t wear jerseys, they wear sweaters. Seriously. Slap shot: A fast shot made with a short, powerful swing of the stick. (Also, a must-see 1977 comedy about a minor league hockey team starring Paul Newman and the Hanson brothers. No, not the singing Hanson brothers.) Famous Kings: Wayne Gretzky: The Great One. Considered one of the best hockey players of all time, Gretzky played for the Kings from 1989 to ’96. He had 894 goals and 1,963 assists in 1,487 games. Gretzky is coaching the Phoenix Coyotes this season after being part of the ownership team. Luc Robitaille: A Kings’ fan favorite, Robitaille is in his 19th – and maybe last – NHL season. Robitaille is one of the most prolific left wings in NHL history. Jeremy Roenick: A nine-time All Star acquired by the Kings from Philadelphia in August, Roenick is the biggest name of the Kings’ new faces. Roenick drew headlines during the lockout by saying that fans could kiss his, well, you-know-what. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Since the last National Hockey League game in the area, the Dodgers and Angels have played postseason baseball, Phil Jackson left the Lakers, wrote a book about it and then came back, and the University of Southern California won its second consecutive national football championship. Ice? What is that? “I’m watching baseball,” said Roger Serrano, a sports fan from Northridge. “The Angels are in the Division Series. I really don’t care much (about hockey). I don’t follow it.” Well, the Kings and the Mighty Ducks are determined to get Serrano and others to do an about-face. The Kings have their home opener at Staples Center tonight against Phoenix. The Ducks’ first home game is Monday against Edmonton. last_img read more


first_imgCandelaria,A.1-1-1.00 Lyche,S.30018 Bork,K.50030 Agoura09/16/2005010722 Alonzo,I.151310 Agoura11/18/20051001614 Candelaria,A.232092 Pacifica10/14/2005100346 Arbuckle,E.19102110080.21 Channel Islands10/28/20051005719 Creadick,S.6091510 Candelaria,A.20012 Punting Total38147038.7 Ventura11/25/20050102842 Glenn,T.190 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA Daro,A.1 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Passing Total253176171996.523 Szakascy,S.1006 SCORINGTDPATFGTP Vasquez,C.030545 Rio Mesa11/11/20051002813 Hotchkiss,R.0101 Nixon,Br.11807.31 Barlow,B.13131.0 Arbuckle,E.1006 Szakacsy,S.23416615187123157.72 Barlow,B.54034 SAFETY0404 Alonzo,I.2-1-0.50 Ventura09/09/20050101327 Anger,B.33130439.5 Interceptions Total15 Gascon,K.2 Bork,K.454775 Leaupepe,M.1238546.913 Thousand Oaks09/23/20050101421 Sliger,M.171146.70 Pena,Z.273.50 TOTAL2005840331199 Glenn,T.7446.31 Sliger,M.101140 Scoring Total45465331 Creadick,S.102062 Ayala,G.2 Glenn,T.1 Leaupepe,M.140084 Rushing Total29914094.720 Gavin,T.0202 Alonzo,I.3 Daro,A.111 Hueneme11/04/2005100566 Szakacsy,S.46-38-0.81 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Arbuckle,E.3-16-5.31 Buena09/30/2005100198 Bork,K.9475.20 Barlow,B.161445 Diaz,R.12424.00 Luna,S.1 Vasquez,J.413533.8 Daro,A,1006 Gault,A.2 Oxnard10/21/2005100280 Hochschild,C.0101 Oak Park10/07/20051003121 Receiving Total176201223 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD INTERCEPTIONSNo. Leaupepe,M.5120 Anger,B.0202 Glenn,T.1006 Alonzo,I.1006 Nixon,B.1006 Lyche,S.772953.83 Candelaria,A.2 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Dixon,A.1 RECORD: 8-4-0 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sharks’ GM considering a different approach at trade deadline this year

first_imgSAN JOSE — Doug Wilson might take a different approach to the trade deadline this winter.Over the last few years, the Sharks general manager has scoffed at the idea of pursuing high-profile rentals at the deadline, insisting he would only look for deals that work “for now and into the future.” But with the Sharks in clear win-now mode, Wilson acknowledged that he’s more inclined to add an impact player before the Feb. 25 trade deadline if his team needs an extra push down the stretch.“The …last_img read more

Backupify Now Archives Your LinkedIn Data

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters As the recent story of Flickr’s accidental deletion of someone’s account, along with 3400 of their photos, reminds us: just because we’ve moved from the desktop to the cloud doesn’t mean we can forgo backing up our data. That’s the service that Backupify offers, the ability to archive your information from a number of key online services, including Flickr, Google Apps, Twitter, and Facebook. And the company announces today that it’s added the professional network LinkedIn to that list. The automated service will give users an independent archiving solution for their professional network profiles. This data will include connections to and recommendations from clients and coworkers. As LinkedIn continues to grow (having just filed for an IPO last month), it makes sense that Backupify would add it to their offerings. As Backupify’s CEO Rob May argues, “Without a backup for this important information, users are vulnerable to data loss, and more importantly, being overlooked by potential business partners, customers and hiring managers.”Backupify works by pulling the data from LinkedIn and the other service providers it supports through their APIs. The information is stored on Amazon S3, and you can log into your Backupify account to search your archives and download your data.There are several pricing tiers for Backupify, depending on the number of accounts and the file storage size. And based on whether you opt for a free or premium account, your information is backed up weekly or nightly. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Tags:#storage#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

The Mobile Enterprise: 4 Steps To Keeping It Secure [Infographic]

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Guest author Vijay Dheap is a Mobile Security Strategist at IBM.Security is a balancing act, especially when it comes to emerging technologies that promise to unlock massive business potential. Each new wave of change requires an enterprise to adapt its security posture, or risk being left behind – or exposed to unmanaged risk.Mobile is no different.What was predominantly a consumer-oriented phenomenon is rapidly becoming a top business priority. Individuals, product teams and marketing departments are all scrambling to seize the benefits mobile presents, while security organizations are scrambling to regain control – or at least awareness – of all the enterprise’s mobile-related activities. Enterprises recognize that going mobile requires a strategic perspective.The importance of defining a security strategy for mobile carries greater urgency than ever. While 84% of consumers now use their personal smartphones for work, mobile malware has increased more than four times since 2010. Recent reports indicate that 51% of companies have experienced data loss due to insecure mobile devices – and the average cost of a breach was a hefty $5.5 million. Enterprises have a very real need to reduce this risk while not affecting business objectives focused on mobile. (For a visual look at mobile security stats, see the infographic at the end of this post).Given the dynamic nature of the mobile market, it can be difficult for an enterprise to define a mobile risk management strategy. Organizational inertia alone can lead to increased risk. One approach is to concentrate on four focus areas of mobile security:BYODProtected AccessSecure Mobile SolutionsMobile Security Intelligence1.BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, has become a defining characteristic of mobile adoption in the enterprise. While not exclusive to smartphones and tablets, these new devices led the way with rapid, organic penetration of many enterprises. But every organization can customize the policies that govern the use of employee-owned mobile devices within the enterprise. BYOD policies should reflect the organization’s risk appetite based on its industry, regulations and culture. Policies can modulate the degree of device choice and which employees participate. Of course, before it can enforce its BYOD policies, an organization needs to gain visibility and control over these new devices.2. Protected Access: Mobile devices empower employees to access relevant information whenever they need it. No matter how much enterprise data is stored on the device, users will frequently need to access additional enterprise data and resources. The enterprise must not only establish secure connectivity channels but also manage risk associated with user authentication and authorization. Given that mobile access typically takes place predominantly outside enterprise boundaries, special care is needed to prevent unauthorized access and reduce risky behaviors. Plus, protecting mobile access provides security teams another lever to gain awareness over their mobile audiences even when they cannot have visibility over the devices themselves (i.e. consumers, partners and unmanaged employees).3. Secure Mobile Solutions: Apps have emerged as the primary interface for delivering mobile solutions to consumers, partners and employees. Apps enable the rich, task-oriented functionality and user experience that mobile consumers demand. Some mobile solutions are outsourced, while others are built by various parts of an enterprise. Security design needs to be incorporated in each step of the software development lifecycle. Mobile app developers – who are generally not particularly security aware – need tools and processes that help them bake in the enterprise’s security standards and best practices. And the enterprise must also enforce a baseline of security standards across the entire range of mobile solutions it develops.4. Mobile security through risk management requires constant vigilance. With rapid innovation comes new capabilities that promote new behaviors. And as mobile adoption accelerates, it becomes a richer target for attackers. The threat landscape indicates a growing affinity towards targeted attacks at individuals or organizations, leveraging mobile as a primary socialization platform. To identify risks and take appropriate mitigation steps, enterprises need to gather intelligence across all the touchpoints of mobile engagements. Intelligence gathering should include aggregating security events from the device, users, apps and the network for analysis – including tracking compliance with existing risk management policies.Mobile is a transformational technology giving individuals unprecedented freedom and flexibility in how they engage professionally and personally. Enterprises cannot afford to ignore that opportunity, but can’t put themselves at risk in their rush to embrace the new technology. By focusing on BYOD, protecting access, securing mobile solutions and developing mobile security intelligence, enterprises can balance the risks and rewards for individual workers and the organization as a whole.For more on mobile enterprise security, see the infographic below. vijay dheap Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Tags:#enterprise IT#security What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

FD Early Intervention Webinar: Understanding Social Emotional Development

first_imgSocial Emotional Development in the Early Years: Understanding Social Emotional DevelopmentDate: June 18, 2015Time: 11am-12:30pm EasternLocation: Social Emotional Development in the Early Years: Understanding Social Emotional DevelopmentCreative Commons Licensing [Flickr, Mi Nene-October 4, 2013] Jenna Weglarz-Ward, M.Ed., and Kimberly Hile, M.Ed., will discuss the importance of social emotional development and lifelong outcomes for young children with disabilities. Weglarz-Ward and Hile will discuss specific topics including: 1) Evidence-based outcomes for young children with disabilities related to achieving developmental milestones, school and academic success, and developing life skills, 2) Social emotional developmental milestones for young children birth to five years, 3) Cultural, ethnic, racial, and linguistic influences and variations on milestone achievement, 4) Impact of disability on milestone achievement, 5) Typical challenges for children with disabilities, and 6) Parent coaching strategies to support parents’ facilitation of their children’s social emotional development.MFLN FD Early Intervention webinars offer CE Credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois. To find out further information, click here. The EI team is actively pursuing more CEU opportunities in states other than Illinois. Please check back frequently to the webinar Learn Event web page to receive updates on our progress. Access to the webinar Learn Event page can be found, here.For more information on future presentations in the 2015 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

SMB heads back to Finals

first_img“What more can I say? People and management expected this from us,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said after earning a shot at the second jewel of a Triple Crown sweep. “We’re back in the Finals and my players showed that they are (of) championship caliber.”Alex Cabagnot fired 26 points and Chris Ross had 24 and 10 assists and Austria’s starting five scored all but eight of the Beermen’s total. The starters were outscored by just one by the entire Hotshots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Yes, we’re one step closer to the Grand Slam,” Austria said. “But it’s not in my mind. You can never know what will happen in the Finals. But now that we have the chance, we will work hard for it.”June Mar Fajardo fired 22 points and import Charles Rhodes accounted for 21, with Marcio Lassiter shooting eight points after draining the Hail Mary three-pointer in Game 2 Wednesday night. TNT KaTropa will try to put away No. 1 seed Barangay Ginebra on Saturday afternoon at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay in their half of the Final Four.“I really don’t care who we play (in the Finals),” he said. “Either team will be tough because, remember, they were the only ones who beat us in the eliminations.”The best-of-seven title series will start on Wednesday even if the Ginebra-TNT series drags into a fifth game on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESFinally finishing off a foe that simply didn’t want to go away, San Miguel Beer won its Final Four series and took a giant step toward its run at history.The Beermen turned back Star with authority, 109-102, Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena and bundled out the hard-fighting Hotshots by winning the last three games of the best-of-five series to book the first title series slot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidecenter_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Horn out to get Pacquiao with shock shot What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more