School buses cancelled in North and South Peace

first_imgSchool buses in School District 60 (Peace River North) and Dawson Creek have been cancelled.Drifting snow in both the North Peace and the South Peace has caused the cancellations.Buses are still running today in Chetwynd. Schools will still be open on both school districts. – Advertisement –last_img

€1M funding pot open to groups who support older people

first_imgCommunity and voluntary groups are being encouraged to apply for a share of a €1million funding package to support older people and dementia related initiatives. An extra €1M in grant supports was announced this week as part of a joint initiative by Jim Daly, Minister for Older People and the HSE Services for Older People.Under the scheme, a variety of grants will be made available to groups who support older people, family carers and significant others to stay well and remain connected with their local community. Approximately €250,000 of this funding will be dedicated to dementia related initiatives.  This funding is open to community and voluntary agencies that currently hold a Service Arrangement or Grant Aid agreement with the HSE, or, non-statutory agencies who aim to provide health and personal social services similar or ancillary to services that the HSE may provide.It is envisaged that grants will range from €5,000 – €20,000. The level of contribution under the fund will depend on a range of factors including the type of project, availability of other sources of funding, and the overall number of applications seeking funding under the Scheme. The fund is in recognition of community and voluntary agencies who provide a wide range of services to support older people to continue living in their communities and maintain their social connections. These services, which contribute to positive ageing and better overall health, include befriending, day care, social centres, meals on wheels, etc. The closing date for receipt of applications for the Community & Voluntary Support Grant is 15th August 2019 with funding allocated in August / September 2019.Detailed information and application forms are available from the HSE Community Health Organisations or via the following link: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/olderpeople/support-grant-for-older-persons/community-voluntary-support-grant-for-older-persons.html €1M funding pot open to groups who support older people was last modified: July 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:fundinggrantHSEolder personslast_img read more

Athletics swept by Astros to close homestand with five straight losses

first_imgOAKLAND — Houston is a problem the Athletics may not be capable of solving.The Astros got run-scoring singles from Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel against Lou Trivino in the top of the 12th inning Sunday to send the Athletics to their fifth straight defeat and sweep a three-game series before a crowd of 23,144 at the Coliseum.At 29-30, the Athletics are 10 1/2 games behind the two-time defending American League … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Open Thread: Is China Really Threatened by U.S. Social Media?

first_imgOne of the breakthrough moments for Twitter came in June 2009, when people in Iran used Twitter to protest the country’s election results. This gave Twitter a lot of exposure in western mainstream media. But more than that, other countries where democracy is tenuous sat up and took notice.The Chinese government started to view social media services as a way for “subversive” citizens to cause trouble. The New York Times recently reported that a January 24 editorial in People’s Daily, the Communist Party of China’s official newspaper, blamed “online warfare launched by America, via YouTube video and Twitter micro-blogging” for sowing discord amongst the Iranian people. China currently blocks prominent U.S. social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. However, it’s arguable how important those services are to Chinese citizens. As digital consultant Wei Wang guest blogged on ReadWriteWeb in November, “every social media category has a Chinese equivalent that is tuned to the particular needs of the mainland Chinese market.”Kaiser Kuo, a leading commentator about the Chinese Internet market, gave us further context in a comment on an August 2009 article on ReadWriteWeb:“Yes, there are some Chinese who use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media services that have been blocked in China. But the overwhelming majority of people interested in SNS will use, say, QQZone, or Xiaonei (recently rebranded Renren), or the very popular SNS Kaixin001, or 51.com. Youtube is blocked, but long before that Youtube was a distant also-ran in the Internet video race, far behind sites like Youku.com and Tudou.com. Microblogging sites like Jiwai.de, Fanfou, and Zuosa — all of which, lamentably, are now out of service in the aftermath of Urumqi — all boast(ed) user numbers that dwarf the number of Twitter users in China.” It’s clear that the Chinese government really is threatened by the rise of social media, because those services give citizens a voice in media – and that voice can potentially reach a global audience. But let’s be realistic: how much of a threat to freedom of speech is banning Twitter in a country where other types of social media are much more popular anyway.What do you think – are we in the West making too much of an issue of China banning Twitter, Facebook and similar social media sites? Just because they’re popular with us, doesn’t mean they’re as popular (and therefore dangerous) in a country like China. Are we over-reacting to the Chinese government’s moves against U.S. social media? There’s no doubting the impact of social media on our day-to-day lives in 2010. In the western world, most big brands have Facebook and Twitter accounts nowadays, many TV journalists “write a blog” about their beat every day, and services like YouTube are widely consumed. However it’s the rise of social media as a tool for social activitism that has really brought these technologies to the fore. Sometime over the past year, it reached the point where some governments became threatened by social media and started cracking down on it. China has been the most high profile example recently. But does the Chinese government really care about Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as much as we in the west think they do?Comment Highlights:Joel: China “will restrict the foreign original and support a more easily regulated domestic alternative.”Gabriela: “While it is true that there are Chinese alternatives, those sites are not nearly as open.”key: “China govt blocks websites not according to their popularity, but to their degree of freedom.” Tags:#international#Open Thread#Social Web#web richard macmanus Related Postslast_img read more

Ajmer dargah blast case convicts awarded life imprisonment

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court here on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to two persons convicted for the 2007 Ajmer dargah blasts, in which three persons were killed.Both the convicts owed allegiance to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the past.The convicts, Bhavesh Patel and Devendra Gupta, were held guilty under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Explosives Act and various sections of Indian Penal Code. This is the first-ever conviction and sentencing of the RSS cadre in a terror case.NIA Special Judge Dinesh Gupta also imposed a fine of Rs.10,000 on Patel and Rs.5,000 on Gupta. Patel was an RSS activist at his hometown Bharuch in Gujarat, while Gupta, a resident of Ajmer, worked for RSS in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.The court had convicted three persons and acquitted seven others, including self-styled monk and former RSS activist Aseemanand, in the case on March 8 and postponed the verdict on sentence to those found guilty.The third convict, Sunil Joshi, who was an RSS pracharak, was murdered in suspicious circumstances in December 2007.Defence counsel Jagdish Rana told reporters outside the court that the convicts would file an appeal against the judgment in the High Court.The explosion in the historic shrine of Sufi mystic Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti on October 11, 2007, during Ramzan, had left three persons dead and 17 injured. The dargah was packed to capacity with about 5,000 devotees when the blast occurred at the time of Iftaar (breaking of fast).last_img read more

9 injured in Vadodara riot

first_imgFour police personnel and five civilians were injured, and vehicles and one shop were torched in communal riots that erupted following an incident where stones were thrown at a Ganesh idol procession in the communally-sensitive Mandavi area of Vadodara on Thursday at around midnight.During the procession in the area, suddenly a few stones were pelted, and simultaneously electricity went off in the locality. This led to a commotion, with mobs belonging to different communities hurling stones, and starting fires. “Around eight or nine vehicles were torched and one shop was burnt down,” a Vadodara police official said. “Police and fire brigade teams were rushed to the spot to control the situation that lasted more than 90 minutes.” The police lobbed more than 25 rounds of tear gas shells to disperse rioting mobs from both sides.Following the incident, there was heavy police deployment to restore normalcy and ensure that the situation did not escalate.“We have lodged an FIR in which 25 people have been named, including tow or three habitual offenders,” the police official said. “Arrests will be made very soon.” The police are also investigating the possibility of a conspiracy by some antisocial elements to provoke riots ahead of major religious festivals and holidays like Janmashthami, Independence Day, Navratra and Diwali.last_img read more

Bihar bandh hits normal life

first_imgThe Bihar bandh, called by the Left parties on Thursday to protest the sexual abuse of minor girls in Muzaffarpur shelter, hit normal life in most parts of the State.Rail and road traffic were disrupted by the bandh supporters demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the State Social Welfare Department Minister Manju Verma. Opposition parties, including the RJD, the Congress and the Hindustani Awam Morcha, had supported the call for the day-long bandh. However, none of their senior leaders were seen on the road with the protesting Left party leaders.The ruling NDA, however, called the bandh a complete flop. State Agriculture Minister and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar said it was called only to harass the people. “The Muzaffarpur shelter home case has already been handed over to the CBI… so there was no point in calling the bandh.”Schools closedIn Patna, schools and business establishments remained closed. There was a scuffle between bandh supporters and police at J.P. Golumber (roundabout) where the protesters, shouting slogans against the Nitish Kumar government, tried to march through the Dak Bungalow chouraha (throughfare), the City centre.Train and road traffic were disrupted at Patna, Jehanabad, Gaya, Bhojpur, Muzaffarpur, Siwan, Sheikhpura, Arwal, Nawada, Darbhanga and Madhubani districts. However, no untoward incidents were reported from anywhere. Bandh supporters blocked the railway track for hours at Jehanabad, Sheikhpura, Madhubani and Bhojpur, holding up several trains. Railway officials said the protesters climbed on to the engine of some trains, carrying flags and banners.In Muzaffarpur, Left party supporters and leaders staged a demonstration outside the residence of Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the case. Thakur headed the NGO that ran the tainted shelter home. The protesters demanded a High-Court monitored CBI inquiry and the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and State Welfare Minister Manju Verma. Ms Verma’s husband was earlier accused of frequent visits to the Muzaffarpur shelter home. The Minister denied this and said it was a “political conspiracy against her family, which belonged to a backward community.”last_img read more

Arellano, TIP collide

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Lady Chiefs need to summon the talents of mainstays Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan, Regine Arocha and Mary Anne Esguerra in the 6:30 p.m. game against the Lady Engineers, who will be coming into the game with nothing much to lose.University of the Philippines will try to stay in contention when it clashes with another winless team St. Benilde in the 4 p.m. game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Maroons, toting a 1-1 card, will be facing the Lady Blazers who are winless in two matches.St. Benilde will lean on do-it-all middle blocker Ranya Musa who has been the only bright spot in the previous two games. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:56Valdez, PH volleybelles stay positive despite ‘frustrating’ losses01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Eagles prey on Tams; Maroons post win No. 2 MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight But UP will have established open spikers Diane Carlos and Isa Molde working together with opposite hitters Roselyn Rosier and Justine Dorog.center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Arellano University tries to get back in contention when it takes on Technological Institute of the Philippines Monday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Shot down by Adamson in the previous game, 5-20, 25-22, 25-16, the reigning NCAA champion hopes to inch closer toward a semifinal seat against a TIP side that is still groping for form after suffering three successive defeats.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

UAAP jrs basketball: NU ends UST’s dream run, books Finals date vs Ateneo

first_imgView comments Fortea had eight of his 17 points off the bench as he served as the sparkplug for NU to set up the best-of-three championship duel against Ateneo.Oczon chipped 16 markers, while Pao Javillonar dominated the paint with 13 points, 16 boards and two blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRhayyan Amsali contributed 12 points and nine rebounds as Matthew Manalang and Winderich Coyoca combined for 19 points built on four triples in the final stage of the stepladder semifinals for the twice-to-beat Bullpups.NU now shifts its focus against the unbeaten Ateneo, with the series set to open on Friday. D-League: Ebondo’s 33 guides unbeaten CEU to third straight win For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding RJ Baquial and Jezreel Villapando carried the fight for the Tiger Cubs with 16 points each as UAAP Season 80 Juniors MVP CJ Cansino was largely checked by the Bullpups defense and could only muster 10 markers on a 4-of-14 shooting, alongside 16 rebounds, and seven assists against four turnovers.The Scores:NU 91 — Fortea 17, Oczon 16, Javillonar 13, Amsali 12, Manalang 11, Coyoca 8, Gonzales 4, Pangilinan 4, Minerva 2, Malonzo 2, Vinoya 2, Dayrit 0, Felicida 0.UST 72 — Baquial 16, Villapando 16, Lina 10, Cansino 10, Narvasa 10, Anunciacion 6, Palencia 2, Dolendo 0, Manabat 0, Relucio 0, Estrella 0, Dela Cruz 0, Benzonan 0.Quarters: 21-17, 45-31, 67-51, 91-72.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nazareth School of National University drew contributions from all fronts to trample University of Santo Tomas, 91-72, and book a return trip to the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball Finals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Terrence Fortea and Miguel Oczon teamed up in helping the Bullpups break away in the  killer 17-1 first half blast to establish the commanding 32-17 advantage and go on cruise control from that point on.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

India and Sri Lanka: Road to final

first_imgThey were the favourites for the World Cup title and both India and Sri Lanka have made it to the finals after eight matches. Here’s how the two teams progressed.IndiaDateMatchVenueResultSat 19 FebIND vs BANShere Bangla National Stadium, MirpurIND won by 87 runs Scorecard | Match reportSun 27 FebIND vs ENGEden Gardens, KolkataMatch ends in tieScorecard | Match reportSun 06 MarIND vs IREM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru (Bangalore)IND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportWed 09 MarIND vs NEDFerozeshah Kotla, DelhiIND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportSat 12 MarIND vs SAVidarbha Cricket Association Ground, NagpurSA won by 3 wktsScorecard | Match reportSun 20 MarIND vs WIMA Chidambaram Stadium, ChennaiIND won by 80 runsScorecard | Match reportThu 24 MarIND vs AUS2nd Q-finalSardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, MoteraIND won by 5 wktsScorecard | Match report Wed 30 Mar IND vs PAK 2nd Semifinal Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali IND won by 29 runsScorecard | Match reportSri LankaDate & TimeMatchVenueResultSun 20 FebSL vs CANMahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, HambantotaSL won by 210 runs Scorecard | Match reportSat 26 FebPAK vs SLR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboPAK won by 11 runsScorecard | Match report Tue 01 MarSL vs KENR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 9 wicketsScorecard | Match reportSat 05 MarAUS vs SLR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboMatch abandonedScorecard | Match reportThu 10 MarSL vs ZIMPallekele International Cricket Stadium, KandySL won by 139 runsScorecard | Match reportFri 18 Mar 02:30 PM ISTNZ vs SLWankhede Stadium, MumbaiSL won by 112 runsScorecard | Match reportSat 26 MarSL v ENG4th Quarterfinal (D)R.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 10 wktsScorecard | Match reportTue 29 MarSL vs NZ 1st SemifinalR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 5 wktsScorecard | Match reportadvertisementlast_img read more