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De Gea could be best United keeper ever, says Solskjaer

first_imgDavid de Gea’s wonder show at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday led Manchester United’s interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to claim the Spaniard might be the club’s best keeper ever.De Gea made 11 saves in the second half at Wembley as United clung on to Marcus Rashford’s first-half strike to win 1-0 – Solskjaer’s sixth win in six matches since taking over following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.At times it appeared to be De Gea versus Tottenham as he made incredible stops to deny Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld – many with his legs.No other Premier League keeper has made as many saves in 90 minutes as De Gea managed in 45 at Wembley and Solskjaer, who played in United teams with Danish great Peter Schmeichel and Dutchman Edwin van der Saar between the posts, said the 28-year-old could surpass both.“We’ve had some great keepers at this club and I think he’s challenging both Edwin and Peter for the number one spot historically,” Solskjaer told reporters.“We had a good back four and David in behind them was unbelievable. You are allowed to have a good goalkeeper.“I’ve played with a few fantastic goalkeepers. We have a tradition of having them and he has grown and grown. He deserves that man of the match today.”It was not De Gea’s busiest day, though, since he arrived at United from Atletico Madrid in 2011. In 2017 he pulled off 14 stops in a league match at Arsenal.“I was feeling very well with the first two saves, it was a great game,” De Gea said. “I don’t even remember some of the saves so I can’t pick a best.”last_img read more

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Thieves will drive a Suddie farmer out of business

first_imgDear Editor,Rearing poultry and growing a variety of fruit crops in a well fenced two-acre plot of roadside land at Suddie with myself and family domiciled there, helps me financially as a pensioner, but now thieves are depriving me of my full benefits.During one night, my well secured pen just aback of my house with nine drakes and five roosters was broken into; the biggest one ranging between 8 to 10 pounds was stolen. The padlock was not disturbed and after observing from where entry was gained, there was a shocking discovery of only the heads from each one of the birds was left inside the pen, with all 14 of their bodies missing. In which case, the birds were beheaded by the robber before they were stolen.There was evidence to suggest that during a heavy rainfall that night the slaughtering was done right in the pen from the remains of the blood on the ground. Who could have been the culprit(s)? They remain unknown to me and the Police, but it would seem that a market had to be secured at some business place that uses this type of meat. It had to purchase the stolen property.The poultry business will eventually dwindle as it is no longer encouraging to continue after this bitter experience. In broad daylight, a 16-year-old school girl who could well be described as a barefaced thief was caught “red handed” at the top of a tree by my door step picking ripe oranges.It was only by chance I was able to see her, but she showed no remorse with the Police and when brought before the court. Stealing seems to be a culture nowadays in this district with me suffering too huge losses from the regular stealing of my fruit crops with the perpetrators remaining unknown.From my own knowledge, there are many thieves who have never been caught but they should try to keep out of trouble which is easy to get into but hard to come out of. As the saying goes “prevention is always better than cure”.Sincerely,A concernedsmall farmerlast_img read more

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Dawson Creek Municipal Election results for Councillor and School District

first_imgMiles Mortensen81 Trina Commandeur398 Cory Longley518 Doug Ragan388 Trina Commandeur188 Voter TurnoutNumber of Eligible VotersPercentage David MacDonald514 Tamara Ziemer943X Cheryl Shuman825X CandidateVotesElected Terry McFadyen747X School District 59 School Board Trustee- Advertisement -The following trustees have been voted back in by acclamation; Sorene Kampen, Anita Prescott, Sherry Berringer, Wayne Ezeard and Judy Clavier.  There are two seats available in Zone 3.  Here are the results from Zone 3. Trevor Allaby376 Raymond Fromme703 Duncan Malkinson867X Richard (Dick) Powell1260X Linda Winfield211 Voter Turnout Here are the results from the Dawson Creek Municipal Election.  Mayor Mike Bernier was re-elected by acclamation.  There are six spots open for Councillor in Dawson Creek. 1668710623.4% Sue Kenny772X Shaely Wilbur721X Charlie Parslow893X James Bridges603 CandidateVotesElectedlast_img read more

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Strong Thunderstorm moving towards Dawson Creek

first_imgUPDATE – At 9:10 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The storm is on Highway 97 near the junction with Highway 52 moving eastward at 30 km/h but appears to be weakening. This storm will reach Dawson Creek in about 15 minutes.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Environment Canada says a strong thunderstorm is moving along Highway 97 and headed towards Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -The storm is capable of producing very strong winds and up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.  The storm should reach Dawson Creek by 9 p.m. Sunday.See the full warning below.Issued at 2018-07-30 03:37 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm warning continued for:B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310)Advertisement Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. Current details:At 8:37 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The storm is on highway 97 near Pine River moving eastward at 30 km/h. This storm will reach Dawson Creek in about 30 minutes.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Advertisementlast_img read more

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Forest fires in Northwest B.C. causing heavy smoke in the Peace Region

first_imgResidents with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma and lung disease are especially at risk of suffering health effects. Also at risk are Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular diseases.Environment Canada is urging residents to stay indoors if they have breathing difficulties. Residents should find indoor ventilated areas, opening windows could let more polluted air inside. If residents homes aren’t ventilated they should consider going somewhere that is.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.For more information on air quality click here.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada on Tuesday due to large amounts of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.According to Firesmoke.ca, the excessive smoke is coming from a number of large fires burning in Northwest B.C.Current Fire Danger Rating. Photo by the Government of British Columbia.- Advertisement –Fires burning in North B.C. Map by the B.C. Wildfire service.A map of all active wildfires on the BC Wildfire Service website shows that no new major fires have erupted in the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson regions, where the fire danger rating is currently between moderate and high.Of the fires that are burning in Northeast B.C. only two are over one thousand hectares in size. The two mentioned are the Nelson Forks Fire and the Helmut Air Strip fire which are 1,212 and 3,593 hectares respectively.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Picture Special: Amazing results from athletes at Letterkenny Primary Schools’ Track & Field event

first_imgThe Letterkenny Primary Schools’ Track & Field event took place yesterday at the Aura complex in Letterkenny.The mild weather, fantastic athletes, and teachers who helped organise the event made the competition a great success.In the Javelin event, the gold medals in the 2008 category went to Orlagh Faul from Glenswilly and Jay Whoriskey from Illistrin. In the 2007 category, Sasha McCrey from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál and Bobby Halpin from Scoil Mhuire Ramelton secured first place in the girls and boys category respectively. In the 100m relays, Lurgyback won first place for the 2007/2008 category for the girls, with Illistrin taking home the gold in the boys race. In the 2005/2006 category, Gaelscoil girls were followed closely by Kilmacrennan, but managed to secure first place. Scoil Colmcille came first place in the boys section.Competition was tense in the 60m sprints, with Sandra Wozniczak from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál securing gold in the 2008 category, and Jake Burrows from Kilmacrennan securing gold in the boys section. In the 2007 category, the winners were Fareedat Bashar of Scoil Mhuire gan Smál and Promise Adesanye from Educate Together.  In the 2006 category of the 80m finals, the first girl and boy across the finish line were Promise Achusi of Scoil Mhuire gan Smál and Bartek Wozniczak of Scoil Colmcille.In the 100m sprints in the 2005 category, Emma Gribben of Scoil Mhuire gan Smál and Elvis Okoh of Scoil Colmcille secured gold. In the 2004 section, Gabrielle O’Donnell from Glenswilly and Christopher Murray of Scoil Colmcille were the first girl and boy to dash across the finish line.In the 500m run, in the 2008 category the first girl and boy to cross the finish line were Orlagh Faul from Glenswilly and Harry Shiels. In the 2007 category, Gemma Rodgers from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál and Mark Galvin from Lurgyback took home the gold. The 600m run in the 2006 category was won by classmates Beibhinn Coyle and Philip McGee. In the 2005 category, Emma Gribben from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál and Declan Doherty from Educate Together were the quickest to run the 800m, and in the 2004 category Sarah Bradley and Oisin Kelly took home the gold.Sarah McGinley from Glenswilly and Eoin Scott also from Glenswilly managed to secure first place in the long jump in the 2006 category. In the 2005 category, Ellie Simms from Kilmacrennan and Dan O’Connell also from Kilmacrennan came in first place.  Gabrielle O’Donnell from Glenswilly placed first in the 2004 girls category, with Oisin Kelly from Kilmacrennan winning in the boys section. For the full transcript of results see below: Picture Special: Amazing results from athletes at Letterkenny Primary Schools’ Track & Field event was last modified: May 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:auraletterkennyLetterkenny Primary Schools’ Track & Fieldpicture speciallast_img read more

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Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of December 30

first_imgShare This!The holidays are underway at Universal Orlando, but we look ahead to the first few days of 2018. Toast the new year at Universal with EVE at CityWalk, enjoy one last meal at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, and see Blue Man Group with discounted tickets.Weekly Crowd Levels Cold weather comes to Florida as temperatures reach the low 60s and high 50s. Make sure to pack for the weather. The cold weather could affect operating hours of Volcano Bay; check the Universal Orlando and TouringPlans Twitter accounts for the latest operating information.Winter weather around the United States will affect travel plans, keep an eye out for delayed and canceled flights.Park Hours and AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2 a.m. with free self parking starting after 6 p.m.Single-day park tickets are at Anytime pricing December 30, 2017 – January 3, 2018. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure will run you $124 per adult and $119 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $179 per adult and $174 per child (plus tax).Single-day park tickets are at Value pricing January 4, 2018 and January 5, 2018. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure will run you $110 per adult and $105 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $165 per adult and $160 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax).Emeril’s Tchoup ChopPhoto courtesy of Touring PlansLots of theme park attractions closed this year, but Emeril’s Tchoup Chop’s quiet closing has largely fallen between the cracks. Tchoup Chop is the premier restaurant at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, focusing on pan-Asian cuisine.The restaurant is one large seating space with an open-air kitchen, bar, and large reflecting fountain. The drink menu is an eclectic mix of wine, craft beer, sake, and tiki drink selections (including a Mai Tai that is served in its own mug). Long considered a hidden jewel, the food at Tchoup Chop is a mix of surf and turf, sushi, ribs, duck, and steak. Tchoup Chop is a fan favorite, an oasis of fine food and drink within the Universal Orlando resort.Photo courtesy of Touring PlansTchoup Chop’s last seating will be on December 31, 2017 and will close for a new concept. We will miss the unique food options, elegant and calming atmosphere, and strong drink menu at Universal Orlando. For other options check out Strong Water Tavern at Loews Sapphire Falls, Vivo and Emeril’s at CityWalk, and Bice Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Resort.Weekly Highlights Universal is ringing in the New Year with EVE at CityWalk. Unlimited gourmet cuisine, an outdoor dance floor, access to the six dance clubs in CityWalk, a midnight toast, and fireworks are included in the ticket price (drinks are provided but not included). For those looking for exclusive areas and shorter bar lines check out the VIP ticket. VIPs are provided their own entrance, private areas and bars in CityWalk, exclusive food options, and two complementary drinks at the VIP bars (for drinks up to $15 per ticket).Tickets are $139.99 per adult (plus tax) and VIP tickets are $224.99 per adult (plus tax). Annual Passholders receive a 10% discount on each ticket level.Blue Man Group is offering a chance to purchase discounted tickets November 1, 2017 through January 1, 2018 starting at $49. If the show has piqued your interest now is the time to see the show. That is all for this week. See you next week and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Holiday crowds are at Universal Orlando. Expect crowded park areas, long lines for food and drink, and long waits for attractions. See wait times and create touring plans in the Lines App for Universal Orlando.Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Reportlast_img read more

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SA Airways awarded 4-star rating

first_img14 February 2013 South African Airways has been awarded a 4-star airline rating by global independent airline rating firm Skytrax for the 11th year running. The rating recognises the airline’s improvement in onboard product and service levels and in enhancing the customer experience. “South African Airways have managed to maintain quality levels throughout the past year and are delivering a solid project and service standard to their customers, making their 4-star ranking well-deserved,” Skytrax chief executive, Edward Plaisted, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Skytrax star ranking audit examines more than 800 areas of product and service delivery, across all areas of the airport operations and the cabin experience, and demonstrates that South African Airways passengers can look forward to a high quality of product and service.” Obtaining a 4-star rating means that the airline in question has achieved high standards across all travel categories, including staff service standards. “Accolades and rankings such as this one from Skytrax reconfirms that our dedication and focus on strategic objectives to improve our customer value proposition will ensure that we eventually become a fully sustainable business that can compete successfully in the global airline market in the near future,” said SAA customer service executive, Suretha Cruse. “This ranking, together with a number of awards from other foremost institutions as well as the prestigious Skytrax Best Airline in Africa Award for 10 years in a row and the Skytrax Excellence Award for the third consecutive year, further exemplifies our customer-focused efforts.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Open Data Workshop 2007

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Open Data Workshop 2007took place yesterday in New York City. The gathering was organized by AttentionTrust and sponsored by Reuters. The workshop brought together over sixty influencers fromstartups, web giants, financial firms, venture capitalists and journalists interested inthe attention space. It was a very refreshing, open and candid dialog about the differentissues and faces of open data.Open Data in the context of the workshop referred to three different things:A public API for a service;Release of anonymous consumer information for research;The user’s explicit and implicit attention information.Opt-in or Opt-out Probably the hottest topic revolved aroundtracking users behavior. Websites (and even ISPs!) these daysroutinely track peoples behavior without, letting them know in an obvious way. Oftenthere are disclaimers and fine print, but people are not warned upfront in plain Englishabout the fact that their data is being captured. Is this reasonable?The group voiced various opinions supporting both sides of this argument, splittingnearly 50-50. Some people thought that consumers have to be informed in big bold lettersabout what is going on. Others argued that businesses need targeted advertising to makemoney, so it is fair game.People with opt-in experience explained that it is rather tough to make money thisway, since only 10% of users sign up. So collecting data by default, with a somewhatobscure opt-out, is basically the only sure way to monetize attention today. Personally,I voted for the opt-in camp, since I think that consumers get angry when they find outtheir data is being collected without sufficient warning.Here is an example of something that I find reasonable. Abdur Chowdhury’s new venture,called Summize, has very clearly stated a simple andunderstandable privacypolicy: APIsDick Costolo, CEO of Feedburner, said that having an API is a competitive advantage.He explained that by having APIs, Feedburner encourages people to build other services ontop of Feedburner – instead of building a fully competitive offering. As a result userinformation flows through Feedburner, making it an information hub. Amazon is similar –its eCommerce API was one of the first APIs on the market. Their leverage is that allproduct URLs point back to Amazon, so the traffic comes back to them.Beyond competitive advantages and centralizing information, another value iscreativity. APIs encourage people to come up with innovative ways to use information.This benefits everyone. For example, Upendra Shardanand, CEO of the DayLife news service, demonstrated several interestingand creative ways of using their API. Among them was a visualization that depicted newsas a constellation of stars, which offered insightful navigation and allowed the user todrill in to get more details.Minding Open DataMost people agreed that having APIs is beneficial and that opening up information canlead to good things. The workshop participants also recognized that there may be bad,unintended consequences. Abdur Chowdhury, who was AOL’s Chief Architect for Search &Navigation during the private dataleak, warned businesses to ask three questions before opening up consumerinformation:Think about why you are opening the data?Hopefully you will be able to improve users experience and give them something inreturn.What are you going to do once you open the data?How are you as a company going to manage the release? Will you be able to keep up withthe volume of requests and interest in the data? How will you handle the public shockthat the data is being collected in the first place?Are you ready for the unexpected consequences?Obviously AOL were not, but will you be?ConclusionDespite the fact that participants were not in agreement on several points, the dayfelt very productive, remarkably open and candid. Ideas were exchanged without agendas,partly because the topics were very interesting and partly because the moderators – GerryCampbell from Reuters and Seth Goldstein from Attention Trust – kept everybody on track.The day ended with a bullet list summary of the discussion:You think people know that data is being collected, but they do not. Evensophisticated users do not. How do we increase consumer awareness of these issues?It is important to understand what information is being collected/shared and for whatpurpouse. How do we segment the information into private and less private?Attention information has worth. How do we go about monetizing attention?Please join the debate here and let us know what you think about thesethought-provoking issues. alex iskold 1 Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Nightwork: A History of MIT Hacks

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#hack#news 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img A delightful book that should be on your summer reading list, or a potential gift for your favorite geek, is a new offering from MIT Press called Nightwork: A History of Hack and Pranks at MIT. (updated link) For those of us that went to lesser engineering schools (or perhaps greater, depending on our metrics), it is a joyful experience. The author, school historian TF Peterson, has copiously illustrated some of the more fantastic and amusing things that students have cooked up over the years, including nailing someone’s dorm furniture to the underside of the Media Lab archway, putting various objects on top of the two domes at the school, playing Al Gore buzzword bingo at commencement, and more.For those of the younger generation, you might not realize that MIT has had a long and proud hacking and pranking tradition, dating back more than 50 years to when life was simpler, computers and the Internet didn’t exist. Hacking was more than just writing clever code: it was about doing something so clever and unique that would gain you the envy of your peers. I recall many such pranks in my undergraduate youth, including barricading fellow geeks in their dorm rooms and only deliver food that was flat enough to fit under the door (well, it was funnier at the time). Included in the book is the story of Oliver Smoot, the shortest member of his fraternity pledge class, who’s name went on to become a standard of measurement of Boston’s Massachusetts Avenue bridge (some to this day even call it the “Smoot Bridge”). Later on in life he ironically became chairman of the American National Standards Institute, the organization in the US in charge of keeping our weights and measurements intact. Now, how sweet a hack can that be? The bridge’s “Smoot” lines are lovingly repainted each year, and now have become so enshrined in its structure that the traffic police use the numbers in their accident reports. Included is a copy of full Hacking Commandments, including “Thou shalt keep holy the hour of Star Trek” (well, this is somewhat dated) and “Thou shalt not divide by zero.” Pick up a copy of the book and enjoy seeing how the generations of geeks who have passed thru the school have spent many creative hours. david strom Related Posts last_img read more