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Peace region communities receive grants-in-lieu of property taxes

first_imgIn addition to Fort St. John, which is receiving $93,039, Dawson Creek will be allocated $120,731 and the Northern Rockies Regional District will obtain $44,402.In total, $17,112,790 from the province is being allocated to the 59 communities as required under the Municipal  Aid Act; payable from lands owned by the province, such as courthouses, provincial government office buildings and warehouses.These grants-in-lieu of property tax are distributed every November to reimburse municipalities for services that benefit aforementioned government property, like municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection.- Advertisement -Some establishments, such as schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes – therefore excluded from the grant-in-lieu calculation.Other provincial properties such as highways, forests, parks or land under the control, management or administration of a Crown corporation are also excluded from compensation under the Act.This years’ payment is $1.1 million less than the last year total of $18.2 million, which is said to be attributed to a number of factors, including decreases in assessed property values from B.C. Assessment, transferring ambulance stations to B.C. Emergency Health Services, as well as the provincial government no longer having a presence in some municipalities.Advertisement The funds are distributed electronically by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.last_img read more


Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Manchester City captain, Steve Lomas, and the former Leicester City winger, Darren Eadie, to look ahead to a meeting of the Premier League’s top two this weekend.Can the Foxes pull off yet another shock result? Will City be able to re-take top spot?Elsewhere, the former Charlton and West Brom goalkeeper and current Norwich City goalkeeping coach, Dean Kiely, looks ahead to the rest of the weekend.Matches include Chelsea v Manchester United, Aston Villa v Norwich City & Tottenham v Watford.Former Arsenal winger & Premier League tactician Adrian Clarke picks his ‘three to watch’ and Jamie Peterkin from W-VENT St Lucia (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the Predictor Game ‘Tom against the World’.last_img


ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE GET GREEN LIGHT INTO OPTIMAL F1 FINAL!

first_imgThese transition year boys from St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny should be very proud of themselves today after qualifying in the F1 Schools final.The event is a global multi-disciplinary competition that challenges secondary school students to design, build and race miniature compressed-air powered balsa wood Formula One cars. The competition inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership, teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way.Students from all over Ireland battled it out today at the regional heats in GMIT Mayo.Teams went head-to-head, testing the speed and engineering quality of their model F1 racers. The competition took place on a 20-metre track, with the model cars reaching scale speeds of up to 350km/h.But, it’s not all about speed, they were also judged on the quality of their engineering, graphic design, resource management, portfolio, media skills, handling of sponsorship and verbal presentation of their work. Their aim is to win the World Championships. To get there, they will work as a team to the very best of their abilities to design a fast, light and aerodynamic model F1 car; but also to create a brand well-known throughout Donegal and Ireland.They want to be successful innovators and to do this, they will use their passion, intelligence and professionalism – but above all, they will persevere and have fun.The team are all local Letterkenny lads Ciaran Kelly, Caolan Vaughan, Ayrton Kelly, Gavin Maguire and Pauric Neely and have received great support from the local businesses, local media & local mentors.They are pictured here along with St. Eunan’s principal Mr. Darby and their teacher / mentor Shaun McGinley. ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE GET GREEN LIGHT INTO OPTIMAL F1 FINAL! was last modified: March 11th, 2014 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) Tags:F1letterkennySt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more


Fishing the North Coast: Chetco fall kings on the decline

first_imgFall Chinook salmon returning to the Chetco are on the decline, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing some pretty drastic cutbacks. In a press release issued on Monday, the ODFW is proposing temporary harvest limits and closures for coastal wild fall chinook fisheries due to low escapement in 2018 and poor forecasts for this year.Preseason forecasts show fewer than 1,300 wild spawning Chinook will return to the Chetco, which is below the minimum needed to keep the …last_img


Sharks sign Erik Karlsson to biggest deal in team history; Where does that leave Joe Pavelski?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Defenseman Erik Karlsson said May 23 after the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs that he would need some time to decide whether he wanted to remain with the organization for the long term or become a free agent.Less than four weeks later, Karlsson made up his mind, and now he’s the owner of the richest contract in Sharks franchise history.The Sharks on Monday signed Karlsson to a massive …last_img


Oldest Fossils Aren’t

first_imgA new analysis of the world’s oldest claimed fossil rock, a banded deposit off the coast of Greenland said to be 3.8 billion years old, probably contains no signature of life, reports Stephen Moorbath (Oxford) in Nature.1  He has visited the Akilia site twice where rocks were purported to contain graphite of biological origin.  He couldn’t find it. This persuasive discovery seems an almost inevitable, yet highly problematic, consequence to the increasing scientific doubts about the original claim.  We may well ask what exactly was the material originally analysed and reported?  What was the apatite grain with supposed graphite inclusions that figured on the covers of learned and popular journals soon after the discovery?  These questions must surely be answered and, if necessary, lessons learned for the more effective checking and duplication of spectacular scientific claims from the outset.    To my regret, the ancient Greenland rocks have not yet produced any compelling evidence for the existence of life by 3.8 billion years ago. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Add to that the downgrading of claims about life-signatures in Western Australian rocks said to be 3.5 billion years old, and there is a big gap until the more reliable claims of bacterial fossils in Ontario’s Gunflint formation said to be 1.9 billion years old.  “ To have a chance of success,” he warns, “it seems that the search for remnants of earliest life must be carried out on sedimentary rocks that are as old, unmetamorphosed, unmetasomatized and undeformed as possible.  That remains easier said than done.”1Stephen Moorbath, “Palaeobiology: Dating earliest life,” Nature 434, 155 (10 March 2005); doi:10.1038/434155a.This admission does nothing to help the Darwinists.  Even trusting the shaky dating methods for the sake of argument, it adds to the problem that life appeared suddenly in a profusion of forms.  Moorbath has just robbed his fellow Darwinists of half their allotted practice time for bacteria to hone their engineering skills.  Those bacteria must have had to race extra fast to invent all the molecular machines needed for the higher organisms that followed.  To add to the Darwinists’ woes, the microbiologists are finding evidence of sophistication in the most “primitive” forms of life (see next entry).  A cartoon of a man’s head in a vice comes to mind.    Did you catch the line that a claim was made without sufficient evidence, yet was featured on the covers of “learned and popular journals”?  Could that be happening today?  Has anyone learned the lesson? (Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Give Me Liberalism and Give Me Death

first_imgNowhere does the divide between left and right show more starkly than in policies about killing the innocent.  Leftist liberals, who are the most supportive of Darwinism, seem to have no problem with tinkering with human life to the point of killing it.1.  Stem cell case denied:  The 3-year long effort by James Sherley and Theresa Deisher to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell  research (2/13/2011)  came to an end this week when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, leaving intact a lower court’s decision to permit it (4/30/2011).  Sherley and Deisher based their lawsuit on federal policy that denies funding for killing human embryos.  The lawsuit wavered back and forth in the courts, including one decision by Judge Lamberth in 2010 that “shocked” the science community by shutting down hESC funding (but only for 17 days until another court stayed the injunction, 9/26/2010).  That was followed by an appeals court ruling in favor of the defendants in August 2012.The Supreme Court’s action permits federal funding for research on human embryos to continue unabated.  According to a newsletter from Family Research Council (item #2), “it’s very likely that a great deal more human embryos will be destroyed in this research now.”  What’s notable is the reaction of the leading pro-Darwin journals.  Science Magazine touted it as “a victory for scientists, patients, and the entire biomedical research community.”  Nature quoted one researcher saying, “What a great day for science,” noting also that NIH director Francis Collins (a nominal Christian in favor of Darwinism and opposed to intelligent design) was “very pleased”.  The plaintiffs’ consolation is that during the interim more researchers turned to research on adult stem cells that do not raise ethical issues (5/23/2011).2.  Planned unParenthood:  It’s undeniable that Democrats, liberals and the current administration are predominantly “pro-choice” (pro-abortion) while their opponents are predominantly pro-life (anti-abortion).  It’s also undeniable that Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the U.S., rooted strongly for Obama.  Voters might remember efforts in the last two years to de-fund Planned Parenthood, led by conservative Congressman and governors in line with the pro-life majority of the country, that were attacked by liberals who claimed it would deny essential health services to women.  Now the truth comes out.According to a newsletter from Family Research Council, Planned Parenthood is “making a killing” with taxpayer money, garnering more funding than ever from federal and state governments in the last year – over half a billion dollars – despite providing fewer non-abortion services (and zero mammograms, contrary to the claims of some liberal congresspersons that mammography was one of the essential women’s services PP provided).  Fox News investigated the income and practices of Planned Parenthood based on their annual report.  The results were shocking; “The numbers showed roughly 45 percent of Planned Parenthood’s budget now comes from taxpayer dollars.”  FRC wrote,Fox News crunched the numbers and was shocked to find that government support for Planned Parenthood had jumped by 167% in the last 10 years alone. Of course, as more states aggressively step in to defund Planned Parenthood, the Left has been just as aggressive in filling the gap. They claim the money helps women, but based on this report, Planned Parenthood was too busy reelecting President Obama to help anyone! Cancer screenings (the theme of [Cecile] Richards’s incessant election ads) dropped by a stunning 29% in 2011-12, and contraception services slumped 12%. Of course, the number of mammograms performed at Planned Parenthood stayed the same: zero.While all of this “vital medial care” plunged, the group’s primary moneymaker-abortion–raked in more than ever. It was one of the bloodiest years in the organization’s history, as unborn casualties climbed to 333,964–enough to fill Yankee stadium six and a half times. The loss of life represented a 4,519 spike in abortions (almost twice the enrollment of Regent University). In just three years, Richards’s group has claimed credit for 995,687 deaths through abortion–and that doesn’t include the handful of women lost to botched abortions in the last 12 months. Perhaps the biggest misnomer about the organization is this: most people aren’t planning parenthood when they visit these clinics; they’re planning abortions. That was obvious from the tiny sliver of adoption referrals from Richards’s network: 2,300–barely one half of one percent of the total abortions performed.So while “The President complains about tax breaks for millionaires,” FRC writes, “he supports welfare for billionaire organizations” such as Planned Parenthood, an organization whose main mission (killing the unborn) flies in the face of the ethics of most people in America, certainly conservatives, who tend to be predominantly theistic in outlook.A common comeback by liberals is, “Well, don’t conservatives support the death penalty?”  There’s a big difference.  The death penalty is about killing the guilty.  Abortion and human embryonic stem cell research kill the most innocent and vulnerable humans of all – the unborn.  How can anyone stomach the ugly euphemism by Cecile Richards (president of Planned Parenthood) that any effort to stop the carnage is “blocking women’s access to health care”?  Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List put it straight: “While government subsidies to Planned Parenthood have reached an all time high, so too has the number of lives ended by this profit-driven abortion business.” (Fox News)Are you a pastor reading this?  Are you concerned about abortion?  Is your church planning to take part in Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on January 20th?  Have you ever made the connection between Darwinism, which devalues human life, and the evil fruits as seen in the abortion and embryonic stem cell industries?  (Darwin Day in America by John G. West elucidates the connection). Maybe it’s time you attack the root and not just the fruit.  An evil tree produces evil fruit, the Lord said.  The evil tree will continue producing evil fruit, day after day, year after year, until the evil foundation of the tree, the secularist worldview dependent on Darwinian evolution, is uprooted.  Do that by counteracting the secular worldview with the truth of God, wielded wisely where it needs to strike, at doctrines of demons who work to destroy the image of God in man.  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” Solomon said, “and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged, either.  It’s been 40 years now since Roe v. Wade granted a cryptic Constitutional “right” of abortion.  Remember that many great causes of freedom, like the anti-slavery movement, suffered great setbacks. It took many years to turn the mood of the country.  Now most decent people hate slavery and are appalled at racism.  Persistence in a righteous cause can pay off in due time.  Even if not, the Lord loves those who rescue the perishing, and who obey Him whatever the cost. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Buckeye Valley-DACC students experience FFA success

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two Buckeye Valley-DACC FFA members have been recognized for their outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects.  SAEs provide students the opportunity to maintain long term, self determined experiential learning projects that directly relate to classroom concepts.After being declared state winners in May, Curtis Harsh and Sarah Lehner had their projects forwarded to the National FFA Organization for further review.  Sarah, a Buckeye Valley junior, had her dairy production entrepreneurship project returned and rated gold. Curtis’ beef production entrepreneurship project was rated gold, and selected as one of four national finalists to be judged at the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana this October.Curtis is a 2015 Buckeye Valley graduate currently attending Iowa State University majoring in animal science.last_img read more


Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — October 13, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-13-17Even though the past couple of days have made it feel like we never will get good drying back, sunshine will take more control of the state today and that will begin to drive temperatures up some. The dry weather continues tomorrow and will pair with stronger winds out of the southwest. This will increase our evaporation rates and lead to good dry down statewide. Temps will be back to above normal levels. Winds for Saturday should average 12-25 miles an hour with stronger gusts.The next chance of rain we see is still on track for Sunday. Some models are bringing the front about 6 hours sooner, others are holding it off till late afternoon. No matter when it arrives, Sunday will be wet, but the rains will be done by midnight at the latest. We are keeping rains totals at .25”-.75” over about 75% of the state, but will skew many areas to the lower end of the range. The main reason for that is that the front looks like it may want to move faster, allowing for shorter duration rains in most places. The map above shows thoughts of cumulative rains for the event through midnight Sunday night.We are happy to report no changes to our forecast for next week. We will be completely dry starting Monday morning and that pattern holds through the following Monday! We will have some cooler air in to start the week behind our Sunday front, but we should not see the lingering clouds and dampness that we saw this past week. Sunshine will help temps bounce quickly and the will see them climb to mostly above normal levels by late in the week, if not by midweek.Evaporation rates will be near maximum by midweek and will hold through the end of the period as well, thanks to strong high pressure.In the extended period, we have a front early on around the 24th that can bring up to .75” of rain to about 80% of the state, but it is followed up by another strong upper level high pressure dome. This will allow for some drying, but also cooler air to come in as we finish the month of October. We could see a second front around the 29th into the 30th that has half to 1.5” rain potential. However, the best rains from that front may stay farther west and north.last_img read more


iPhone 8 may include 3D laser to support AR apps

first_imgDavid Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Apple is reportedly working hard to build a 3D laser into the rear of the iPhone 8, which would enable better depth detection for augmented reality applications.A source, speaking to Fast Company, said that the 3D lasers were intended for the 10th anniversary iPhone, coming this fall, but may be pushed back to the next iPhone in 2018.See also: Apple acquires German AR and eye-tracking companyThe 3D lasers would make sense, considering Apple’s ARkit announcement at WWDC 2017 in June. CEO Tim Cook has also said the company is focused on AR over VR, and have made some big predictions of the new technology in interviews this year.Earlier in the year, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the more accurate Apple analysts, said the front-facing camera would have laser effects for authentication.Apple forcing prices down?Augmented reality is still in infancy, with offerings like Microsoft’s HoloLens and Magic Leap’s headset still not available to consumers. Apple’s entry could force prices down and open the playing field for developers, but early ARkit partners don’t appear to be making their apps too ambitious.IKEA, one of Apple’s launch partners, will launch an AR app that lets shoppers place furniture into their own home. At launch, users will scan an item in-store and then test it at home, but in the future IKEA may open its entire catalog to customers without having to visit the store. Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#3D#Apple#apps#AR#Augmented Reality#iPhone#iPhone 8 Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more