Cartoon: May 7, 2015

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Where Did My Val Go?

first_imgWe spent the thirteenth of February planning our ValentineYou promised it would be a candle light dateYou promised we’ll be like bees stuck on a honeycombYou bought our valentine groceries for the eveningYou also bought me a silk red wine dressYou then told me to light the candles at 8:00 p.m.Organize a table for two and set our roses tooI did all you asked, but you never cameYou never showed up, not even a callHow do I celebrate without you here?Where did you go?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities hosts Jumpstart Games to local kids in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities was host to the Jumpstart Games on Wednesday in Fort St. John.About 275 local kids, in grades 4 to 6, from Ecole Central, Duncan Cran, and Robert Ogilvie took part in the Jumpstart Games.Participants in the Games tried their hand at various activities such as kinball, soccer and agility ladder drills.- Advertisement -The four sports organizations that assisted in the Games were the Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Association, Engage Sport North, the Energetic Edge Cheer Association, and the Fort St. John Speed Skating Club.Jumpstart Charities Regional Manager, Katlyn Soanes, says the Jumpstart Games is an opportunity to give back to the community and to invite families out to play.“The Fort St. John community is amazing at donating and supporting Jumpstart, and it’s an opportunity for us to give back on a bigger scale and invite these families out to play.”Advertisement For more information, you can visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca. Onsite to encourage and cheer on the kids was local four-time Olympic Speed Skating medallist, Denny Morrison.Morrison says he is involved with Jumpstart for a number of reasons, including to be an inspiration to the kids and show them that in order to be a successful athlete, you need to believe in yourself and have fun in what you do.“I’m involved for a number of reasons. It’s awesome to be a successful athlete and hopefully, these kids look up to me, not just as a role model but a successful athlete. It’s more impactful because I’m a successful athlete from Fort St. John, I have been in these kids shoes, the world’s your oyster, so I’m just trying to inspire them to believe in themselves and have fun.”Since 2005, Jumpstart Charities has disbursed more than $115,000 to help hundreds of kids in Fort St. John participate in sport and recreation.Advertisementlast_img read more

Southampton could land Virgil van Dijk following Celtic’s Champions League exit, claims Saints legend Le Tissier

first_imgSouthampton legend Matt Le Tissier believes Celtic’s Champions League exit has boosted the Saints’ late pursuit of defender Virgil van Dijk.Having missed out on signing Toby Alderweireld in a permanent deal this summer, manager Ronald Koeman is on the hunt for a new partner for Jose Fonte at the back.The south coast club reportedly offered £9million for the 24-year-old Netherlands international earlier in the transfer window, but Celtic delayed the decision over Van Dijk’s future until their place in Europe this season was decided.And, with the Scottish giants failing to qualify for the Champions League group stages with a play-off defeat to Swedish side Malmo, Koeman is in a good place to land his top target, according to the St Mary’s hero.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Le Tissier said: “I don’t think it’s any secret that Southampton have been interested in him [Van Dijk] for a while.“With Celtic [who will now play in the Europa League this term] going out of the Champions League, it makes it a touch more likely that we might be able to get him.“We’re probably a centre-back short in our squad at the moment and I think he’d be a great addition.”last_img read more

DONE DEAL! West Brom sign winger Matt Phillips from QPR

first_img Matt Phillips in action for QPR 1 West Brom have completed the signing of Matt Phillips from QPR.The Premier League side have not disclosed the fee paid for the 25-year-old winger but it is understood to be in excess of £5million.Phillips has penned a four-year contract and is the first signing made by Baggies boss Tony Pulis this summer.“We’re really pleased to have Matty on board,” said Pulis.“This is a great chance for him to show everyone he belongs in the top-flight of English football.”Phillips played 82 times for QPR, scoring 13 goals, after joining the Hoops from Blackpool in 2013 in a £5m deal.The Scotland international was a virtual ever-present for the Championship side last season but was unable to help them launch a promotion challenge.He will travel to Austria on Thursday with his new team-mates for a pre-season training camp – a trip which includes a high-profile friendly against French treble-winners Paris St Germain on July 13.West Brom technical director Nick Hammond added: “I think it’s fair to say Matt has been on the radar for a period of time and we’re very pleased to have finally got his signature.“He’s a great acquisition because he adds to the versatility within the group. He gives us both wide positions and is also able to play as a central striker. We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Matt to the club.”last_img read more

Confirmed: Bruno Alves becomes Pedro Caixinha’s first signing at Rangers

first_imgRangers have confirmed that Bruno Alves has become boss Pedro Caixinha’s first signing this summer after agreeing a two-year deal.The 35-year-old Portugal defender arrives from Serie A club Cagliari, who confirmed his departure earlier on Wednesday.The former Porto, Zenit St Petersburg and Fenerbahce centre-back has been capped 89 times and was a member of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning squad.“I have this feeling and this desire to win and I think to move here will bring this back to me and to my career,” Alves told Rangers’ official website.“At almost all the clubs I have played for I win, and I expect to win here for the fans and for the club; I think I can do this here.“I want to be a champion again.“This is one of the best feelings that I have in my career and the last time I was a champion at a club was in Fenerbahce. I want to have this feeling again.“I think I come here for the right reasons and I think that I can bring this back to the club“It is going to be an amazing journey, I am sure about that.” 1 Bruno Alves last_img read more

Volleyball helps Wison High senior see the world

first_imgMeet Stephanie Barry, World Traveler. A senior with the Wilson High volleyball team, she has developed quite a knack for winning beach volleyball tournaments in whatever age group she happens to be competing in at the time. A not-too-shabby indoor player who has committed to play collegiately for Delaware and who, by virtue of those tournament championships, has represented the United States in international competition on foreign soil four times over the past two years. Even Barry’s recent trip to the land of samba and world-championship soccer came about thanks to a bit of fortuity. Dykstra had qualified for the Under-21 Worlds with another partner who was unable to play due to other commitments. In order to compete at the Worlds, Dykstra had to qualify all over again and asked Barry to be her partner, this time in the Under-21 age group. Barry and Dykstra won the Junior Olympic Beach Volleyball tournament to punch a ticket to Brazil, where the 17-year-old Barry proved to be more experienced than Dykstra, who is a junior at Davidson. “The trip was obviously exhausting, but she had a great attitude,” said Dykstra, who attended Marymount High. “Even though I was older, she was the veteran at the world championships. I think it was a little bit funny because I didn’t really know what was going on. It was nice having someone who had been there before, and knew about it.” Barry most often partners in beach events with Mira Costa High junior Alix Klineman, a club teammate. The pair won the 2004 Under-18 Junior Olympic Beach Volleyball championship in Hermosa Beach, but — and stop if you’ve heard this one before —Klineman couldn’t go to the Worlds in Italy. “I think we just balance each other out very well,” Klineman said. “I do the hitting mostly, and she has really good ball control. Where I’m weak, she’s strong, and where I’m weak, she’s strong. So we make a pretty good team.” So Barry went to Italy with Wilson teammate Cynthia Barboza, who now plays collegiately for Stanford. Klineman and Barry had another chance to compete in the Under-19 World Championships in France this summer when USA Volleyball was prepared to allow them to go to give Klineman the chance she had missed, but once again she couldn’t go and Barry played with another partner, Notre Dame Academy graduate and Santa Clara University player Taylor O’Brien. Barry said she plans to partner with Klineman again and looks forward to more experiences abroad, both on and off the court. “I know I’ve had so many opportunities to see all this ancient stuff that’s really cool, to meet all the different cultures,” said Barry, who plans to major in either journalism or corporate law. “A lot of these places, you have bad areas, you see what life is like outside volleyball.” 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the WeekOf course, while losing is never fun, Barry enjoyed adding another country to a list that already included Mexico, Italy and France. “You don’t go there saying, ‘OK, what am I going to learn on this trip?’ ” Barry said. “But you bring back different experiences that you can use later on.” Though she is an accomplished beach player who has played in the sand longer than she has indoors — “My whole life, pretty much,” Barry said — she found herself in the right place at the right time to begin her world tour. Her older sister Loren, a 2004 Wilson graduate who plays volleyball for Texas Christian University, won the 2003 Under-21 USA Championship to qualify for the Worlds in Mexico City with 2003 Wilson graduate and current USC setter Alli Dillon. But due to her college commitments, Dillon was unable to play, and Stephanie joined her sister in Mexico City for her first Worlds for her second volleyball-related trip abroad. She had been to Australia with her club team for a tournament. “You hear horror stories about how some places you go, you don’t have water and everything,” Barry said. “But I liked all of them.” center_img “You have to learn how to communicate, deal with six people instead of just two,” Barry said of the indoor game. “When you’re out on the beach, you use the communications skill you picked up. They just coincide, I guess.” In early September, Barry and partner Jenna Dykstra, who plays for Davidson College in North Carolina, competed in the Under-21 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They went 1-2 in their pool and finished tied for 17th in the 26-team tournament. last_img read more

MAC LOCHLAINN SLAMS ALLEGED HARASSMENT OF GARDA SERGEANT McCABE

first_imgPadraig Mac LochlainnSinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Pádraig MacLochlainn TD, has today expressed his concern over reports relating to the continued harassment against Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.Deputy MacLochlainn said: “I am very concerned to hear reports that Sgt Maurice McCabe is still experiencing a campaign of harassment due to his role as a whistleblower. “It is entirely unacceptable that this should happen once, never mind on a continued basis and it is important to note that senior Garda management have a legal responsibility to protect whistleblowers and to thoroughly investigate these reports. “If we are to develop a culture in the public and private sector that facilitates whistleblowers to come forward and shines a light on wrong doing, malpractice or corruption, then it needs to start now.” MAC LOCHLAINN SLAMS ALLEGED HARASSMENT OF GARDA SERGEANT McCABE was last modified: April 12th, 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:harassmentPadraig MacLochlainn TDSgt Maurice McCabelast_img read more

DONEGAL HURLERS HOPING FOR FIRST LEAGUE WIN AGAINST ARMAGH

first_imgDonegal face a difficult trip to Armagh tomorrow in the second round of Division 2B of the Allianz Hurling League in a game where they will be looking to secure their first points of the campaign.Donegal will be relying on Lee Henderson tomorrow.They lost their opener to Mayo last Sunday 3.14 to 1.12, five minutes into the second half they were only a point behind the Westerners, the whole game changed in a 3 minute spell where Mayo struck for two goals.Despite the loss there were some encouraging signs, work rate being the major one, but Donegal need to create more scoring opportunities, they are over reliant on ace marksman Mc Cumhaills Lee Henderson (pictured) for scores, of his 10 point haul last Sunday 8 were from placed balls. It was always going to be a difficult season for Donegal as they made the step up to Division 2B of the league, and their prospects weren’t helped by the absence of key players Danny Cullen and Paddy Hannigan due to injuries and star forward Sean Mc Veigh who is presently on work experience in Hungary, to further compound matters captain Joe Boyle has now joined the aforementioned others on the side lines due to a long standing groin injury.Despite all these problems Ray Durack’s squad remain confident and are aware of the area’s they need to improve in, Aodh Ruadh’s Paul Sheridan and the aforementioned Henderson along with his club mate Ciaran Matthewson carry Donegal’s hopes of a precious victory over the Orchard men.DONEGAL HURLERS HOPING FOR FIRST LEAGUE WIN AGAINST ARMAGH was last modified: February 21st, 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

EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF ACCIDENT IN GLENSWILLY

first_imgGardai and the emergency services are at the scene of an accident at Breenagh in Glenswilly.It is understood that at least two vehicles are involved in the accident which took place just before 1pm.It is no known if anyone has been hurt in the incident. EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF ACCIDENT IN GLENSWILLY was last modified: April 28th, 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