Fort St. John’s Laura Jensen headed to Paralympics in China

first_imgOn Friday the Canadian Paralympic Team officially announced who will be attending the 2008 Paralympics in China.One of those named will be Fort St. John resident Laura Jensen. Laura will compete in several swimming events at the upcoming games, which are scheduled for September 6th to 17th.Growing up in Fort St. John, Jensen made the move to Vancouver in the fall of 2007 to follow long-time coach Chad Webb when he accepted a position with the CHENA swim team.Advertisement – Advertisement -At the 2007 Para Pan American Games Laura won a gold medal in the womens 4 x 100 Free relay, a silver medal in the 100 m Free and two bronze medals in the 50 m and 400 m Free. This will be Jensen’s first Paralympic Games.Good Luck to Laura and we’ll of course have full coverage of her trip to the Paralympics this September.Here is more on Laura from her official Bio with the Canadian Paralympic Team:Laura Jensen gives 110% throughout an entire practice, and in Beijng she plans to swim personal best times in all of her events while representing Canada. She holds the S7 Canadian record in the 200m backstroke with a time of 3:19.27. At the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships, she was on Canada’s 400m freestyle relay team that placed second. She started swimming lessons at a young age. She was introduced to competitive swimming by Janet Dunn, a founding member of the Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports Association and the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association. Her personal motto is: “Live life to the fullest. Everything happens for a reason.” If she could dine with anyone, alive or deceased, she would choose actor John Wayne, whom she considers an honourable man.last_img read more

Accident near the Farmington Store

first_imgThere are reports this morning of an accident on the Alaska Highway near the Farmington store.We have not received confirmation from the RCMP, but motorists in the area have said the accident may have caused the closure of the highway.We will provide more information as we get it.  If you have any information about this accident call 250-787-7100 or e-mail Advertisement –last_img

Barcelona fans burn their Neymar shirts

first_img0Shares0000A Barcelona fan burns his Neymar Jr shirt on TwitterMILAN, Spain, Aug 5 – Furious Barcelona fans have been burning their Neymar shirts as the Brazilian star ditched the club for a world record Sh27.3bn transfer move to Paris Saint-Germain.Supporters took to social media to express their disgust after the 25-year-old told the Spanish club he wants to leave. Neymar’s lawyers arrived to pay the £198million release clause in his contract by cheque on Thursday.This came after the forward told Barcelona he wanted to move to PSG in a world-record transfer.Neymar is set to earn an eye-watering £500,000 per week over a five-year contract in Paris.PSG’S owners, Qatar Sports Investment, will make the Brazilian ambassador for the 2022 World Cup and pay him a staggering £270m.However, as La Liga chiefs tried to block the move under Uefa’s financial fair play (FFP) rule, Barca fans unleashed their anger on online.One fan even posted a video of himself setting fire to a Barcelona shirt with ‘Neymar Jr 11’ on the back, together with crying face emoticon.Other Barca fans on Twitter vowed to follow suit as anger spread over Neymar’s decision to swap the Nou Camp for Parc des Princes.The move comes despite Neymar signing a new five-year contract with Barcelona last October.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Santos scores 27 in win over Saints

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson South Hills improved to 11-3 overall and is looking for a repeat championship in the San Antonio League. San Dimas fell to 10-7, and the Saints head into the Valle Vista League as one of many contenders in a wide-open race. The Saints appear to be markedly improved from last season’s disappointment, but coach Bruce Robbins wasn’t happy about his team’s final tune-up. ‘We’ve had a very good nonleague season,’ Robbins said. ‘We’ve played more good basketball than bad basketball. We just have to realize those things that allow us to play well.’ San Dimas trailed 31-23 at halftime. The Saints rallied to take a 37-35 lead with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter. Then, the Saints went cold. WEST COVINA – The South Hills High School boys basketball team had one final test on Friday night before beginning San Antonio League play next week. Jerry Santos made sure the Huskies passed with flying colors. Santos scored 27 points to lead South Hills to a 59-45 win over San Dimas in a nonleague game at South Hills. ‘He’s incredible,’ Huskies coach Paul Reed said. ‘Some of the really great players I’ve watched in the San Gabriel Valley, their teams run them off two or three screens. We do some of that for Jerry, but the thing that’s great about him is that he can create his own shot.’ The game served as the final prep for both teams before they begin their respective league schedules next week. center_img San Dimas scored just eight points for the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, Santos and crew were busy spreading the ball around and building another lead. ‘They (San Dimas) did seem to get a little tired,’ Reed said. ‘We went a little bit deeper than they did.’ Just four players scored for San Dimas in the game. Eric O’Mahony led the Saints with 19 points, but production was sparse after that. O’Mahony hit two 3-pointers in the Saints’ third quarter run. San Dimas continued to fire away from behind the arc, but went cold. That wasn’t the direction Robbins wanted his team to go, however. ‘Bad offense,’ Robbins said. ‘We talked about it at halftime and said we wanted to go inside with the ball. We were able to do that during our run, but from that point on, I think we took four 3-pointers without the ball ever touching the post.’ As good as Santos was for South Hills, he also got help from Damien Riley and Michael Kelly. Riley scored 15 points and Kelly had 11. Both players were able to produce an inside game that San Dimas wasn’t able to match. Santos scored 13 points in the second half. His 3-pointer late in the third quarter completed a 9-0 run by the Huskies to take the lead back for good. Jon Joe was only other Saint to reach double digits. Joe had 14 points as San Dimas’ lone threat inside. ‘We hadn’t played in a week, so I was a little concerned about that,’ Reed said. ‘I thought the effort was good. I thought we weren’t quite as sharp as we could be, but that’s probably because they’re (San Dimas) very good.’ The Huskies visit Rowland on Wednesday in a game that pits the last two San Antonio League champions against each other. Given what he saw on Friday, Reed deemed his team ready for a strong league season. ‘Coming into the season, we knew our team should be good,’ Reed said. ‘We’ve seen Rowland and Nogales, and they’re good. I don’t think West Covina is too far behind and Walnut has some weapons. It’s (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want 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

Simi’s oldest school celebrates 80 years

first_img “It’s maintained the community center atmosphere and we celebrate being an important part of our community,” she said. Parent and volunteer Sandi Collins, who has a fifth-grader enrolled at the school, agrees. “It’s a small school,” she said. “Everybody knows each other. It’s like a family. It’s just a good school.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 IF YOU GO An 80th birthday celebration will be held 1-4 p.m. April 22 at Simi Valley Elementary, 2956 School St. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – When Simi Elementary School opened in 1926, the Spanish-style building had just six classrooms to house all the students who lived in the agricultural community. Today, the campus boasts 20 classrooms – plus a modern computer lab, auditorium and library – and serves just a fraction of the 21,000 students who live in the booming city in eastern Ventura County. “It’s been a staple of the community,” said Principal Susan Koch. “It has so much history. It’s a school that everybody in the school district takes pride in.” On April 22, generations of graduates will celebrate the 80th birthday of Simi Valley’s oldest school. The reunion will feature an oral history viewing, silent auction, tree planting and other activities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event School officials also plan to dedicate the campus’ stage in the auditorium in memory of Kay Barker, who taught at the school for 14 years before dying of cancer in 2005. First-grade teacher Sharon Baker is able to recall playing soccer at Simi Elementary in the late 1970s and early ’80s and admiring its unique architecture. When she went on to become a teacher her fond memories drew her to the school – a choice she doesn’t regret. “We don’t have 700 students,” she said. “We don’t need that many. It makes people closer.” Simi Elementary, the smallest of the 20 elementary schools in the Simi Valley Unified School District, is also a Gifted and Talented Education cluster campus and one of only two schools in Ventura County with a deaf and hard-of-hearing program. The school was built in what was dubbed Community Center in the 1920s, and although some things have changed, this remains true, said Koch. last_img read more


first_imgRosita gives her presentation.In a world where digital connections are becoming increasingly vital in linking businesses, sharing information and engaging with people, the work of Rosita Mahony, GIS & Research Co-ordinator with SPACEial North West in Donegal County Council, is gaining considerable national and international attention.Having developed an app for Donegal County Council’s Diaspora Project to connect and engage with the Global Irish abroad, Rosita has received a high level of interest for her pioneering and ground-breaking work. Her app ‘Ireland’s Call to Return its Global Diaspora Home’ caught the attention of Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan at the Tipp O’Neill Annual Irish Diaspora Award, as a unique way of engaging and digitally connecting with the Diaspora community.Rosita subsequently was asked to attend a meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs hosted by Minister Deenihan, T.D., and Minister for Research, Innovation and Skills Damien English T.D., with representatives from relevant Government Departments and key stakeholders who are developing a national collaborative initiative to attract skilled Diaspora back to Ireland.The timelines and relevance of the App was recognised by ESRI Ireland where Rosita was awarded overall winner in the highly competitive ‘Maps make sense challenge’. Her thought, input and analysis gained considerable interest among international mapping communities and an invite was extended by the world renowned GIS evangelist Bern Szukalski to present on the European stage at ESRI’s Conference in Salzburg.Rosita with Jack Dangermond.Bern added that ‘Rosita’s passion for her work was very evident and many commenting that it was among the best they had ever seen. I really appreciated her tradecraft behind the maps that she authored and her creativity in putting it all together’. Rosita explains that the app’s purpose is to bring the Global Irish on a journey in understanding the economic facts of why they had to leave Ireland due to the recession in 2008 and with the dawn of the economic recovery to provide information relevant to their decision to return home.Part of her research led to the development of the Global Skills Locator, a novel and unprecedented way to link people to job opportunities back home.The Global Skills Locator will be promoted and marketed to a generation now living abroad, who are social media savvy.Rosita explains more here: is excited about the long term potential of this app which will form an integral part of the national response in digitally connecting with the Diaspora abroad. Furthermore, it will provide policy makers with the ability to turn these digital connections into personal ones with the return of the necessary skills required to enrich the talent pool in Ireland’s growing economy.INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR DONEGAL’S PIONEERING DIASPORA APP was last modified: November 5th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Second chance

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIt shouldn’t be difficult. Border enforcement and a path to legitimacy aren’t mutually exclusive ideals. Indeed, neither will work without the other. Clearly just trying to seal off the border hasn’t worked, or else there wouldn’t be some 12 million immigrants living illegally in the United States despite border enforcement enhancements in the past decade. And the carrot of earned citizenship must be balanced by the stick of enforcement. Congress must put aside its differences this time and enact immigration reform. It’s way past time, and the American people will no longer let the politicians get away with doing nothing. TONIGHT, when President George W. Bush addresses Americans from the Oval Office, he is expected to urge Congress to adopt immigration reform that protects our borders and builds a structure for hardworking illegal immigrants to become citizens. In so doing, he speaks for most Americans who fall somewhere in the middle of the highly polarized immigration debate. Bush’s address comes as the Senate tries to do what it couldn’t in April – come up with a bipartisan immigration reform package that fixes the broken system humanely, rationally and sensibly. Last week, Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, announced that the Senate was expected to come up with legislation by Memorial Day. This is good news, though best to be taken with a grain of salt. In April, Senate leaders publicly announced that a bipartisan deal was all but wrapped up. It wasn’t, as it turned out, and as the Senate took its spring recess it appeared immigration reform might be over before it had really begun. Now lawmakers have a second chance. Their challenge is to come up with something that pleases both the law-and-order side of the debate, which has already been addressed in a bill adopted by the House last year, and the pro-immigration side. last_img read more


first_imgUSL Results & Reports 22.09.134 Lanterns USLResults Cockhill Celtic 3 2 Drumkeen Utd.Finn Harps Res. 6 4 Swilly RoversReportsCockhill Celtic claimed the 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior title for 2013 after a hard fought victory over second placed Drumkeen Utd on Sunday, their 3-2 victory giving them a second double in 4 years. Drumkeen needed a win to take control of their destiny with both sides still to face Kildrum and they certainly brought the game to Cockhill taking an early lead before a penalty and two late goals put the Inishowen men in the driving seat and despite a late flurry that saw the visitors pull back a goal, they couldn’t find the equaliser that would have pushed the destination of the title to the final game of the season. Cockhill Are ChampionsCockhill Celtic 3Drumkeen Utd. 2Cockhill claimed the 2013 Ulster Senior League title after a 3-2 victory over second placed Drumkeen United at a sun baked Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds on Sunday last. The home side needed the win to secure the title but the nerves played a part in this tense battle. Drumkeen, the visitors, settled the better and Seamus Nani Friel was an outlet right from the off when he forced a corner in the opening minute, Gavin Cullen was strong to punch the ball clear after it dropped inside the six yard box. Drumkeen then were forced into a substitute in the 9th minute when Chris Kyle was replaced by Mark Marley. Mickey Rogers side took the lead on 21 minutes when their latest signing Ronan Coyle got in down the right channel and after Cullen saved his initial shot he poked the ball goal wards but after Cockhill’s Kieran McLaughlin cleared the ball it bounced off the helpless Johnny Havlin into the empty net. Cockhill responded well and on 28 minutes Garbhain Friel curled a delightful ball from the right to the back post that just eluded Aiden O’Donnell’s outstretched leg with the keeper stranded. As the half ticked by Cockhill started to create more openings and Drumkeen’s keeper McCauley had to be smart to save from Aiden O’Donnell after a deep cross from James ‘Jimmy’ Bradley. Cockhill then were awarded a penalty on 39 minutes when Aiden O’Donnell was clipped by the outstretched leg of McCauley as he pounced on a week back pass from the Drumkeen rearguard. The ref issued only a yellow card as the ball was heading away from goal even though the keeper was the last man. Cockhill’s Friel held his nerve to side foot the ball powerfully past the keepers’ left hand to level the game at 1-1. Cockhill then had to replace O’Donnell with Mark Moran after O’Donnell failed to recover from the challenge by keeper McCauleyCockhill’s Moran had the first chance off the second period when he picked up the ball on the right skipped past Bonner in the left back area but his low drive fizzed past the far post to the keeper’s right. As the game entered the final quarter it was evenly balanced with Drumkeen having nothing to lose they started to play more open and stretch the game more. Oisin McColgan got caught under the ball for the home side and when Richie Moore picked up the ball he played a great low cross into the box behind the Cockhill defence but Carlin was late to anticipate. Cockhill opened up the visitors defence on 72 minutes but both Liam O’Donnell & Friel had efforts blocked in quick succession. Cockhill took the lead on 75 minutes when Malachy McDermott produced the games first bit of magic. Moran, who had looked lively since his introduction late in the first half, fizzed the ball at McDermott to the left of the Drumkeen Box 25 yards from goal, McDermott shifted the ball onto his right foot and sent a pile driver to the roof of the net much to the delight of the home bench & support. Cockhill went 3-1 up on 86 minutes when Moran made space on the edge of the area to shoot powerfully low into the net from 18 yards. This sparked real celebrations on the pitch as the Cockhill dugout emptied to celebrate on the pitch with the players. When the play resumed the Hoops retreated and defended deep knowing that they had a two goal cushion to see them over the line. That two goal cushion was reduced to one when Seamus ‘Nani’ Friel showed the other moment of magic in the game by curling a superb 25 yard free up and over the wall into the top corner. Drumkeen pushed for the leveller but really deep down knew that they really need a win to have the best chance to claim the title, as the visitors pushed and committed more men forward Friel had a chance to kill the game by squaring the ball but he delayed his pass and the chance was gone. The last chance arrived in the fourth minute off added on time but Eunan Kelly’s header under pressure was high and wide. The referee blew his whistle following the kick out and the celebrations began for the Cockhill Celtic FC players and faithful. Cockhill add the league title to the League Cup from last week making it their second Double in 4 years. Well done to all involved with the club. 10 Goals at Finn ParkFinn Harps Res. 6Swilly Rovers 410 Goals at Finn Park Finn Harps Res.        6Swilly Rovers                       4It was a Sunday morning goal fest at Finn Park as both teams approached this USL league game with what can only be described as an adventurous approach.The game was barely five minutes old when Dylan Hegarty, switched to a midfield role, burst through the middle before releasing the impressive Oisin Duffy on the right and Duffy swung in a perfect cross for the inrushing Hegarty to slot home. On 12 minutes Swilly stunned the home side by scoring again, Duffy finishing following some sloppy Harps defending from a Lawrence Toland corner. It was the Ramelton men who were next to concede following a corner kick , McGinty crossing for Derry man Emmet Coyle to make it 2-1. Ten minutes later and Rovers regained their two goal advantage when Blaine Curtis finished from the rebound after Rodgers did well to stop a fantastic Toland volley. Despite defensive frailties Harps continued their attacking approach with some very tidy possession football on view. Referee Stephen Toner awarded the home side a penalty just before the break which McGinty dispatched with confidence to round off a breathless first half.Both teams came out from the restart intent on continuing the emphasis on attack. Harps were first to draw blood when Buncrana man Johnny Bonnar slotted home to make it all even.Harps went ahead for the first time in the match on 69 minutes Bonnar finishing with an excellent curling shot from 20 yards. The home side might have felt they were in the ascendency at this point but a determined young Swilly side were having none of it – Marty Boyce rising to head home and incredibly it was 4-4.McGinty broke through to put Harps in front again on 70 minutes and sub Harkin increased the lead shortly before the final whistle.Credit to management and players on both sides for serving up an entertaining spectacle for the early risers on Sunday morning.Harps: Rodgers, Friel, Colquan, Sheilds, O’Hagan, Lonergan, Bonnar, McGinty, Barclay, Coyle, Buchanan subs Doherty, Henry, HarkinSwilly : Toland, Patterson, Toland, Boyce, O’Donnell, David Fisher , Declan Curtis, Hegarty, Duffy, Blaine Curtis, Dunsworth. sub Cathal DiverRef Stephen Toner.FixturesMonday, September 23rd at 8pmFAI UMBRO Intermediate CupFanad Utd. v Bonagee utd.Ref. P. Duddy2013 Intermadiate Inter Provincial Tournament, SligoFriday, Sept. 27th at 8pm Strand Celtic Community ParkUlster Senior League v Leinster Senior LeagueSaturday, Sept. 28th at 1pm ForthillUlster Senior League v Connacht Senior LeagueSunday, Sept. 29th at 10:30am Strand Celtic Community ParkUlster Senior League v Munster Senior LeagueSOCCER: COCKHILL CELTIC CROWNED 2013 USL CHAMPIONS was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:2013Cockhill Celticdrumkeen unitedfinn harpsUlster Senior League Championslast_img read more


first_imgA well-known Letterkenny cafe is putting charity before profit when it opens up for business this Thursday morning.O’Hehir’s Bakery on the town’s Main Street will donate all its profits from its till from 10.30am until 12.30pm will go into buckets instead and go directly to the Irish Hospice Foundation. That means that every cent spent on a coffee, a bun or a sandwich will go directly towards people less well off than most of us.See you there for a cuppa!    CAFE BREWING UP A STORM FOR CHARITY was last modified: September 17th, 2012 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)last_img read more


first_imgPopular South Donegal Election candidate John McNulty is calling on everyone to get out and use their vote this Friday in the Local and European Elections. McNulty said, “If people in Donegal want change and want fresh thinking and strong representation in Donegal County Council, then I encourage them to use their democratic vote wisely.McNulty who is on the Fine Gael ticket in the Donegal Electoral Area, which has 6 council seats up for grabs, faces stiff competition from sitting Councillor Brendan Byrne (FF) and new Independent CandidateNiamh Kennedy for an ‘in-through’ seat. He has been very visible on the canvass trail in South Donegal and knows the lie of the political landscape.McNulty told Donegal Daily, “Of course I am asking everyone I canvass for the number No.1 vote, but I respect that some of the public are voting for the local candidate in their own town, and I am asking them to give me their highest preference possible. McNulty’s passion for success is very palpable in conversation, and whispers from the South West are saying that an upset could be on the cards, putting further heat on current sitting councillors.McNulty, who lives in Kilcar and who has a Mace Store in Stranorlar is well known in GAA and Soccer communities,and has put in some strong debate performances recently on Ocean FM and SWDCR FM and competed well against seasoned sitting councillors. Throughout his campaign he has been very vocal about the future development of KIllybegs as a “Recovery Hub”for south Donegal and has had constructive conversations with Minister Simon Coveney and the Killybegs Fisherman’s Organisation about what could be done to diversify local industry, and create more jobs.Whilst on the canvass trail McNulty has met local farmers who are looking a change in the Farm Inspection process.McNulty added, “I am fully supporting farmers and the Donegal IFA , whom I have met, in attaining a “Farmer’s Charter of Rights”.“Currently when farmers are inspected, any discrepancies in herd number or stock, can mean an immediate effect on farm payments.“I will lobby and advocate that farmers are given a specific timeframe to get any discrepancies resolved, which is a fairer system, and would be more in line with other Irish statutory inspections. McNulty has also highlighted SliabhLiag which is a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way as a priority for him to work on with the local tourism committees if elected.He also highlighted the urgent works required at the beautiful Silver Strand beach in Malinbeg, which has major safety concerns for locals and visiting tourists.McNulty concluded, “Any Donegal County Councillor should be approachable, available and dependable for their people in Donegal, and if elected, I will put my heart and soul into working for the people of South Donegal from Glencolmcille to Bundoran.ELECTION 2014: COULD FINE GAEL CANDIDATE JOHN MCNULTY CAUSE ELECTION UPSET was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Election 2014:john mcnultynewsPoliticslast_img read more