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No beer gardens for Senior Flyers regular season

first_imgCity Council’s policies allow for beer gardens for fundraising at special events, but the Facilities Department had a number of concerns about drinks being served during the regular season. Staff has not received the proper training to work in a licensed premises, and as the owner of the North Peace Arena, the City would take on an additional liability risk. In addition, there is worry that allowing regular season beer gardens would set a precedent, establishing the arena as a drinking venue, and opening the door for other groups like the Huskies and the Adult Rec League. The requests to hold beer gardens at the special events next year were approved, and are now subject to RCMP approval. The Flyers have recently received a formal written warning for drinking alcohol in the dressing rooms, which is against City’s policies. If any infraction occur between now and those events, the RCMP has the option of denying their licence.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Bigger than we think

first_imgWe aren’t important enough or hip enough to be otherwise. We don’t have enough money. There aren’t enough of us. We are a Los Angeles/ We bring our inferiority complexes with us. East on the 10, the 60, the 91, the 210. To our homes in Chino, Colton, Redlands, Victorville. We already “know” it: The Inland Empire is minor league. Orange County afterthought. Even as development explodes, population soars and our demographics trend steadily upward. We not only don’t mind not having major-league sports, we don’t even expect them. Never mind that the combined population of San Bernardino and Riverside counties is about 4 million while our aggregate income approaches $90 billion. It’s time to think big. And bigger. A significant step toward a collective shout of “I am somebody!” occurred this week, when the city of Ontario broke ground on a $130 million arena, to near-universal acclaim. center_img It is a first for a stunningly under-served region: A glittering indoor venue that can play host to professional basketball and hockey, not to mention concerts and family shows of all sorts. Exactly the sort of thing no one in the IE had the vision or will to make happen, until Ontario did. But it isn’t as if we’re building Staples Center here. Or even the Honda Arena. Ontario’s arena will seat about 10,000 for professional sports. And those sports will, in fact, be minor league. Perhaps the ECHL of hockey. The NBA Development League. Maybe some lower-level incarnation of arena football. The indoor equivalents of baseball’s California League, which has four franchises in the IE. That’s cool, for now, because we’re starting from Ground Zero. Can’t even be minor league in indoor sports when you’ve never had an indoor for them to play in. But down the line, we need to act and think like a big market – because we are. A market bigger than Tampa-St. Petersburg (2.5million people). Richer than Kansas City ($77.4billion), Milwaukee ($75.7) and Buffalo ($41.4). All those are “major league” cities. With all the mental, emotional and financial boosts that go along with that designation. The population and income figures cited here come from a study done a year ago by G.Scott Thomas of bizjournals.com. A study that shucked traditional thinking about what is major league (Buffalo) and what is not (us) and looked purely at population and purchasing power – two statistics in which we are big and getting bigger. Tim Lieweke, president of AEG, owners of Staples Center and the Los Angeles Kings, agreed the Inland Empire already has many of the hallmarks of “big league.” “Could this area have its own NBA or NHL team in the future?” he asked himself during a conversation at the Ontario arena ground-breaking. “Yes. But it’s going to take some years to develop the area. Maybe 10 years?” That’s a lot shorter than “never” – which is how most of us think. People who look at these numbers unemotionally see an area prepared to support any sort of franchise. Including Major League Baseball, the most capital-intensive of all sports, requiring a collective income of $89.2billion, by bizjournals.com analysis – which is almost exactly what the IE generates now. Admittedly, the IE is hurt by not existing in a vacuum. Buffered by 100 miles of emptiness. We remain part of the L.A. media market, damaging a team’s ability to develop its own electronic advertising streams. We also will have to go to war with the Dodgers and Angels if we want a ball team, the Lakers and Clippers if we think “NBA,” the Ducks and Kings, on the NHL front. Curiously, perhaps our best chance at a local big-league team might be the National Football League. No current NFL team in L.A. or Orange County to object. How big would the Raiders be, in the IE? The 49ers? Even the Chargers? Think we could fill a stadium 10 times a year for the NFL? All we need is a stadium. (Oh, if only Fontana had built a football stadium instead of an under-used race track!) So far, Ontario seems to be the only IE city thinking big. Greg Devereaux, city manager, has talked of the possibility that a second 20,000-capacity arena could be built on the parking lot of the coming Citizens Business Bank Arena, with a multi-level parking structure constructed to house the extra vehicles. Maybe 10 years from now – the period of time Lieweke suggested – it will make sense. Maybe the Clippers will be ready to leave Staples. Or any number of NHL franchises will be eager to get into the Sun Belt. What can we do? For starters, stop talking ourselves down. Our leaders need to make sure others understand the collective economic clout of this region. And our citizens – you and me – need to stop thinking of ourselves as L.A. refugees good only as seat-warmers for L.A.’s teams. It could happen. Major league teams in a major league market. This one. Think of Ontario’s arena as Step 1 on the journey. DAILYBULLETINFor more musings from columnist Paul Oberjuerge check out his blog at dailybulletin.com/sports. 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

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DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL GAME DEVELOPER AS HE GETS LISTED BY GLOBAL DISTRIBUTOR

first_imgA DONEGAL man who spent two years developing a new computer game is celebrating after having it snapped up by a global distributor.Daithi McHugh, a graduate from the LYIT computing department in Letterkenny, took the leap into game development, the multi-billion euro industry.And after two years the world’s biggest distributor Steam is now selling his game – Deadstone – to gamers around the world. “I have been intensively working on Deadstone for almost 2 years, and I have collaborated with a number of artists, voice actors, and musicians in order to create the game,” he told Donegal Daily.“Game development is extremely demanding in terms of time.“It’s also often frustrating, difficult, and filled with uncertainty, but there is a special type of joy in doing what you’ve always wanted to do, and watching an idea slowly develop into a reality. Overall, it has been a great experience,” said Daithi, a 33-year-old from Donegal Town.Daithi has set up his own games studio, Timeslip Softworks (https://www.facebook.com/Timeslipsoftworks). “Deadstone is a local co-op enabled arcade shooter with tower defense and RPG elements. The story centres on a “science gone wrong” theme, and its protagonist, Blake, is an Irish mercenary tasked with defending a Martian colony, Deadstone, from waves of mutated creatures,” said Daithi describing the game.The game is already getting rave reviews.“The way Deadstone combines different gameplay elements is superbly done. At $10, I think it is well worth the price for just about any PC gamer. It’s not perfect, but the game gets a lot of things right,” wrote Steven Smith a reviewer for ‘True PC Gaming’If you would like to learn more about Daithi’s game, you can find it on Steam at: http://store.steampowered.com/app/327150/, or on his own website at: www.deadstonegame.comDELIGHT FOR DONEGAL GAME DEVELOPER AS HE GETS LISTED BY GLOBAL DISTRIBUTOR was last modified: November 17th, 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:Daithi McHughDeadstoneGamePCreviewSteamlast_img read more

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Mark Hughes: Stoke’s deal to sign Martins Indi permanently has hit ‘impasse’

first_img Bruno Martins Indi has made 36 appearances for Stoke this season 1 Stoke’s efforts to sign Bruno Martins Indi on a permanent deal remain at a frustrating deadlock as manager Mark Hughes looks to strengthen his defensive options this summer.Following a successful season-long loan in the Potteries, Hughes is keen to keep the 25-year-old centre-half and Stoke have agreed a fee with his parent club Porto.However, other issues are holding up the transfer and Martins Indi himself has admitted he is likely to be returning to the Portuguese club at the end of the Premier League campaign.Sunday’s trip to Southampton will be the final game of his loan spell and Hughes said: “We are still discussing the deal and speaking to Porto.“Clearly, Bruno is still their player, so we can only dictate and influence that situation up to a point and we have to be patient with it.“It’s a little bit frustrating though, I have to say, because Bruno has been fantastic this year. But there isn’t just us and Bruno to satisfy.“We are still talking about how we can move it forward but there’s a little bit of an impasse at the moment.“We want to improve our defensive positions this summer. We haven’t spent a great deal of money in defensive areas since I have been here, so we will look to do that this year.”last_img read more

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Spain vs Russia: Preview, confirmed line-ups and live radio commentary

first_img The Luzhniki Stadium will host Spain v Russia Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Costa and Isco have impressed for Spain How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of all the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Who are the key players?For Spain, Diego Costa and Isco have starred so far. Costa has netted three times in the country’s three matches having finally learned how to be a striker on the international stage. Isco has also been majorly influential in his side’s progression through the group, scoring once from midfield along the way.Russia’s stars of the tournament have been Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Cheryshev. Golovin lit up the opening game with a goal and two assists emphasising his creative guile, but hasn’t quite hit the same heights since. Cheryshev meanwhile has scored three goals in three games so far, despite the fact he didn’t even start the tournament’s opener. 3 Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings When is Spain v Russia?The last 16 tie will take place on Sunday, July 1 and is set to kick off at 3pm UK time.Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium will host the tie, with a capacity 78,000 crowd expected. ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Pure class Shy guy Fallon d’Floor 3 3 World Cup hosts Russia have successfully made it through to the knockout stage of the 2018 tournament, but they face a tough test in their round-of-16 tie against Spain.Stanislav Cherchesov’s side finished second in Group A having beaten Saudi Arabia and Egypt, but lost to Uruguay.The Spaniards meanwhile topped Group B after Portugal sacrificed the position by conceding a late penalty against Iran. Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Denis Cheryshev has made a big impact for the hosts center_img You’re the one Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter misery SUPERSTITION Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup NO JOY Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Good times talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. LU BEAUTY Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football What is the team news?Spain XI: De Gea; Nacho, Ramos, Pique, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Koke; Silva, Isco, Asensio; CostaRussia XI: Akinfeez; Fernandes, Ignashevich, Kutepov, Kudryashov, Zhirkov; Zobnin, Samedov, Kuzyaev, Golovin; Dyzuba Latest World Cup News diamond geezer last_img read more

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Madagascar defeat Burundi to register maiden AFCON victory

first_img Tags: BurundiGuineaMadagascarMarco IlaimaharitraNigeriatop Madagascar players celebrate their goal against Burundi on Thursday. (PHOTOS/Agencies)AFCON 2019Madagascar 1-0 BurundiAlexandria Stadium, Alexandria Thursday, 27-06-2019Marco Ilaimaharitra scored a late free-kick to to ensure Madagascar register a first ever Africa Cup of Nations victory.The versatile midfielder struck with on 14 minutes on the clock as Barea defeated Burundi 1-0 in the group B clash played at the Alexandria Stadium on Thursday.Burundi who always shoulder their hopes of Stock City forward Saido Berahino were on the back foot for the entire game, struggling to create anything meaningful.Their best chance of the game fell to Enock Sabumukama who slotted narrowly wide of the target.For Berahino, he once again failed to lift his side and was unsurprising taken off on the hour mark, replaced by Mikel Amissi.The East African side had goal keeper Jonathan Nahimana to thank for keeping a respectable score line as the custodian produced two stunning saves to deny Carolus Andriamahitsinoro from a free kick and a thunderous drive.With the game headed for a dead-lock, Omar Ngandu brought down Paulin Voavy in the 75th minute and up-stepped Ilaimaharitrato fire into the top corner for a lead that Madagascar held onto until the end.Ilaimaharitra’s free kick finds the top corner on Thursday.After Nigeria defeated Guinea 1-0 the previous day, Madagascar remain second on the Group log with four points, two adrift of the Super Eagles.The Barea will now take on Nigeria in their last group game and require only a point to ensure qualification to the round of 16.Madagascar can still reach the knock out stage if they can match Guinea’s result against Burundi on Sunday.For Guinea, they remain third on the log and will now have to beat Burundi in their last game to stand any chances of reaching the round of 16.Burundi’s chances of reaching the knockout stages are as good as over after suffering their second defeat in as many games in their first Afcon.The East African nation lost 1-0 to Nigeria this past weekend in their very first AFCON game.They have been defending well but luck the firs power upfront and risk exiting the competition without scoring a single goal, that is if they fail to do so against Guinea on Sunday.The other games on Thursday -Senegal vs Algeria-Kenya vs TanzaniaFriday’s fixtures-Tunisia vs Mali @5:30pm-Morocco vs Ivory Coast @8pm-South Africa vs Namibia @11pmComments last_img read more

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UPL: KCCA FC strike late to overcome fighting Maroons

first_imgKCCA FC players celebrate Mike Mutyaba’s opener on Tuesday. (PHOTO/KCCA FC)Uganda Premier League Maroons FC 1-3 KCCA FCLuzira Prisons Stadium, LuziraTuesday, 22-10-2019LUZIRA – KCCA FC required two late goals to take care of Maroons FC in one of the three Uganda Premier league games played on Tuesday.With the game locked at 1-1 and deep into additional time, Mustapha Kizza and Joghn Odumegwu scored two quick-fire goals to ensure KCCA win the contest 3-1.Kizza converted from the spot after Sylvester Okello was judged to have handled Odumegwu’s cross.For Odumegwu, the Nigerian headed in substitute Erisa Ssekisambu’s cross following wonderful work by the immensely talented Allan Okello.Earlier, Mike Mutyaba had opened the scoring as he pounced onto a lose ball after goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunyo had failed to hold onto a Samuel Kato effort.Solomon Walusimbi levelled matters with 23 minutes to play but it was as close they Maroons got to earning a point on the day.It was an open game that saw both side create a host of chances.Steven Mukwala saw a volleyed effort blocked by Kato in the opening exchanges.Edgar Bwogi crossed low but his delicious ball missed a host of Maroons players as it crept past the goal mouth.Puis Obuya had a goal disallowed correctly for offside.KCCA could have scored more than they did but Okello couldn’t beat Ssebwalunyo. He first fired wide before seeing an effort saved by the former BUL FC custodian.Mike Mutyaba also saw and effort rattle the woodwork in the second half.This is KCCA FC’s 5th win of the season and it sees them climb into 5th on the log with 13 points.For Maroons, they drop into 9th with 13 points from 9 games.How both teams startedMaroons FCHannington Ssebalunyo (GK), Abraham Tusubira, Edward Kabona, Edgar Bwogi, Sylvester Okello(C), Davis Mayanja, Emmanuel Olinga, Felix Okot, Pius Obuya, Stephen Mukwala, Fred AmakuKCCA FCCharles Lukwago (GK), Musa Ramathan, Samuel Kato, John Revita, Mustafa Kizza, Keziron Kizito, Gift Ali, Allan Okello, Simon Sserunkuma, Sadat Anaku, Mike MutyabaThe other games on Tuesday -Vipers SC 2-1 BUL FC-Kyetume FC 1-0 Proline FCComments Tags: allan okelloJohn OdumegwuKCCA FCMaroons FCMike MutebiMike MutyabaMustafa KizzaSolomon WalusimbiUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

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Almost 300 patients present at A&E in past two days

first_imgThe Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital is extremely busy with almost 300 patients presenting in the past two days alone.Saolta, the health group which runs the hospital said this is significantly higher than the average number which ranges between 105 and 115 patients per day.A spokesman said “The hospital has admitted a significant number of ill patients recently, many of whom remain in the ED awaiting a bed. “In the last two days almost 300 patients have presented to the ED which is significantly higher than the average number which ranges between 105 and 115 patients per day.“Actions underway in the hospital to alleviate the waiting times for patients requiring hospital admission include additional reviews and early discharges.”Saolta said it regrets the delays experienced by our patients.The spokesperson added “We would like to remind the public that we encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance. “We also wish to thank our staff who are working extremely hard during this busy and difficult time.”Almost 300 patients present at A&E in past two days was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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All you need to know about Maharashtra’s struggle to amend APMC Act

first_imgThe Maharashtra government’s attempt to amend the Maharashtra Agriculture Produce Marketing (Development and Regulation) Act, 1963, has hit a roadblock again. It had to withdraw the Bill from the Legislative Council even after it was passed by the Assembly. The amendment Bill has been in the works for over 14 years and owing to its politically and economically important stakeholders, who are farmers, traders and ‘mathadi’ workers (head loaders), the government has struggled to push through the changes.What is the problem?After it was passed in the Assembly last November, the Mumbai and Pune APMCs called a strike, alleging that the proposed amendment severely limited their powers. One of the important amendments the Bill seeks to bring about is to free essential items from the purview of APMCs and allow them to be sold outside. Farmer organisations such as the Shetkari Sanghatana, formerly led by Sharad Joshi, support this amendment. “Sharad Joshi always said that the APMC Act is one of the main reasons why farmers are prey to the monopoly of traders,” said Anil Ghanvat, president of Shetkari Sanghatana.What are the changes?The Bill also has a provision that the APMCs can continue to levy cess/market fee on the produce brought and traded in their mandis, but cannot charge anything on goods traded outside. The traders’ lobby had said no levy should be charged if the produce was sold outside. Following the meeting between the stakeholders and the government, sources said a compromise was reached to abolish this levy altogether. One of the amendments that was opposed by traders and farmer organisations was the direct payment to farmers from traders for purchase of more than ₹2 lakh, bypassing the Adta (the middleman). According to both, the Adta plays an important part as an assurer to both parties, and eliminating his role would be harmful to traders as well as to farmers. Maharashtra is the second State after Bihar to attempt such amendments. While Bihar scrapped it altogether, Maharashtra is trying to do the same, by first allowing traders or processors to deal directly with farmers. Neither they nor the farmers will have to go to the APMC yards to buy and sell their produce. The buyers can directly buy from farmers based on the price quoted by them. Unable to get the Bill cleared in both Houses of the Legislature, the government in August 2016 de-listed fruits and vegetables from the purview of the APMC through a resolution. Further, it was expanded to all farm products. Apart from the government claim that farmers will get a better price after the amendment, it believes that the competitive environment will help the APMCs improve their infrastructure as well as their quality of service to attract farmers. According to Mr. Ghanavat, farmers will go to the market which gives them a better price, be it private buyers or the APMCs. How many APMCs are there?Maharashtra has 306 APMCs. The APMC Act had made it mandatory for farmers to sell all their crops in the mandi within a geographically delineated market area under a particular committee’s jurisdiction. A few lakh traders and head loaders survive on these committees. It is alleged that local political interests drive all the decisions taken by the APMCs. The supporters of the Bill claim that political compulsions have forced successive governments not to push for the amendments. Shashikant Shinde, leader of the head loaders and one of the MLAs opposing the Bill, said it is being introduced to serve the interests of multinational companies. According to him, the APMCs provide a mechanism which ensures at least a minimum support price for the farmers’ produce, and outside the APMCs, farmers will be forced to sell at a price quoted by companies. The State government will continue to hold meetings with the stakeholders, and is likely to present the Bill, approved by all, in the budget session from February 24.last_img read more

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World’s First Openly Gay Prince Opens His Palace Doors to Indian LGBT Community

first_imgPrince Manvendra Singh Gohil — believed to be the world’s first openly gay royal — is doing his part to help India’s marginalized LGBT community.The Indian prince, 52, has opened his 15-acre palace grounds as a sanctuary for gay people under pressure in a nation where same-sex acts can result in 10-year prison sentences.As the crown prince of Rajpipla, a socially conservative 1,500 square mile princely state in North West India, Prince Manvendra obeyed his parents and entered into an arranged marriage in 1991.Read it at People Related Itemslast_img

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