The Glacier Gymnastics club kicks off the competitive season Saturday with the Glacier Judges Cup competition.Teams from Trail, Castlegar and Golden join host Glacier athletes at the one-day event.The meet is being held to promote a new judging format.The Glacier competitive team is expected to attend several meets throughout the province, including the annual Glacier two-day competition.
Emery adamant Arsenal will be title challengerby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery is adamant his Arsenal can be a title challenger.Victory over Sheffield United at at Bramall Lane on Monday night would take Arsenal up to third, despite their poor start to the season. “We can be better in the table, we can play better each match,” Emery said.”I am very happy with the club. I am really happy with the players. “The last two, three, four weeks, every player — and Mesut Ozil — are working very well. We can be positive and can think we are going to do something important this year.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Hollywood stars are squealing mad over Walmart’s treatment of pigs after an undercover investigation exposed rampant cruelty to animals at a factory farm supplying pork to the retail giant.In a letter fired off today to Walmart’s CEO Mike Duke, at the behest of the animal protection organization Mercy For Animals, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Tom Morello, Kim Basinger, David Boreanaz, Ed Begley Jr., John Francis Daley, James Cromwell, Steve-O, and Loretta Swit wrote: “We implore you to help end the needless suffering of these animals by ending the sale of pork from producers who confine pigs in cages so small they can’t even turn around for nearly their entire lives.”The appeal comes after hidden-camera video, shot at a Christensen Farms facility in Minnesota by an investigator with Mercy For Animals, revealed unconscionable cruelty. The footage shows pregnant pigs locked in tiny, filthy crates so small they couldn’t turn around, walk, or lie down comfortably, pigs suffering from bloody open wounds, and workers castrating and cutting off the tails of conscious piglets without painkillers and bashing in the skulls of sick piglets by slamming them headfirst into the concrete.The letter points out: “While Walmart tells its customers they can “Save Money, Live Better,” the pork sold in your stores comes from pigs whose lives couldn’t possibly be any worse. As world-renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Jonathan Balcombe puts it: ‘Gestation crates are unremitting hell on earth.’“Inside tiny gestation crates barely larger than their own bodies, these intelligent and social animals never get to walk, run, root in the soil, see the sun, breathe fresh air, or do nearly anything that comes naturally to them. Driven mad from boredom and stress, these poor animals have nothing to do, hour after hour, day after day, but bite the bars of their cages.“While all of the abuses shown in the video at WalmartCruelty.com are unconscionable, perhaps the worst form of torture forced on these innocent animals is the use of gestation crates. As you should know, gestation crates are considered so cruel that leading animal welfare experts condemn them, nine US states and the entire European Union have banned them, and nearly all of Walmart’s competitors, including Costco, Safeway, Kroger, and Kmart, have started demanding their pork suppliers do away with them.”The letter concludes: “It’s time for Walmart to quit dragging its feet and help put an end to one of the cruelest factory farming practices. As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart has the power—and the ethical responsibility—to ensure that the pork sold in its stores is not the product of egregious animal abuse.”To view the undercover video, visit WalmartCruelty.com.
Despite reports linking him with a return to Real Madrid this summer, James Rodriguez insists that he is happy at Bayern MunichThe Colombia international joined the Bundesliga giants last summer in a two-year loan and had an impressive first season at the club under former coach Jupp Heynckes.While Rodriguez fell out of favour in Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real, the Frenchman’s successor Julen Lopetegui has indicated that he would be happy to take back the 27-year-old this summer.But Rodriguez is happy in Germany and is looking forward to building on a brilliant first campaign.“So far, I’m still here and I’ve had a spectacular first season so I’m very happy there and I feel like the club and the fans love me very much,” he told The Suso Show, via Daily Mail.While Rodriguez has managed to establish himself within the Bayern squad, the language barrier is evidently still a problem.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Every day, I understand a little less German, that’s f****d up,” he said.Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is also keen on keeping Rodriguez at the Allianz Arena.“Lots of rumours that emanate from Spain are not true. The contract situation of the player is well known to everyone,” said Rummenigge.“He will definitely play for us this season, and I expect him to play for Bayern beyond that.”Rodriguez ended his first season at Bayern with 11 goals in 19 league starts.
San Diego City Council committee to begin proposed budget review 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Echoing concerns from several of her Budget Review Committee colleagues, San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez said today there needs to be more transparency regarding several facilities projects estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars more than when originally approved.“We have some work to do, so I’ll leave it at that,” she said.Gomez’s worries sprang from an Independent Budget Analyst report delivered during the first in a series of committee hearings on Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s $3.8 billion proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.The IBA report called the proposed budget “balanced, sensible and responsible,” but identified several caveats, including delays and cost increases to three city facilities projects.In 2017, the council approved — on the advice of a consultant — a 10-year, $10.4 million lease for a facility to improve fire equipment maintenance. Necessary improvements were originally estimated to cost $6.5 million, but have since risen to $17 million.The project is now on hold, and the building is being used as a warehouse and workplace for city employees. Gomez said she didn’t find out about the delay until reading the IBA’s report.IBA Analyst Andrea Tevlin also expressed concern over an office building at 101 Ash St. intended to accommodate city employees currently working in rental spaces. The city signed a 20-year lease-to-own agreement for the building in 2016; at that time officials planned to renovate five floors for around $5 million, then move employees into the building last July.Following council approval, city staff began working with planners and determined all 19 floors of the building should be renovated to increase the number of work stations from 800 to 1,150. A round of project bids were rejected; the project is now included in the proposed budget at an estimated cost of $27 million.The city in 2015 also entered into a lease-to-own agreement for the Civic Center Plaza building, where city employees work. Up to an estimated $21.4 million in improvements were anticipated within the first five operation years.Reconfigurations have been put on hold, however, because plaza employees would temporarily move to the City Operations Building during construction. That cannot happen until Development Services Department employees in the Operations Building can permanently move to the renovated Ash Street building.Committee member David Alvarez questioned city staff on how current circumstances have strayed so far from expectations, particularly for the Ash Street building.City Assistant Chief Operating Officer Stacey LoMedico said staff determined a 19-floor renovation is more cost effective in a 15- or 20-year context.“That’s not what the council was told when we approved this. We were told it was ready to move into and that five floors need to be worked on,” Alvarez said. “The cost of this is just astronomical … I would caution the administration moving forward on grand plans that go beyond council approval.”Tevlin’s office recommended possibly scaling back renovations to the Ash Street building closer to original plans. Tevlin also encouraged the creation of financing plans for the three forementioned buildings, a recommendation backed by committee president Barbara Bry.“It’s clear the city needs a comprehensive real estate strategy going forward, and that we shouldn’t make any large expenditures before we have that,” she said.The IBA report noted several other potential problems with Faulconer’s budget.Nearly $13 million, mainly from Housing Commission reserves, was allocated to operate three large tent shelters and a transitional storage center for the homeless, but no sustainable funding was identified for later years.“As the need for these facilities is likely to continue, we recommend that the council requests that an ongoing funding plan be identified,” IBA Deputy Director Jeff Kawar said.The IBA report also highlighted maintenance reductions across several departments.The budget includes a $882,000 reduction in tree-trimming funds, which is similar to a proposal that was suggested by the mayor’s office, then rejected by the council last year. If the reduction stays in place, the amount of trees trimmed in fiscal year 2019 would fall from 20,000 to 10,000. Trees trimmed once every nine years would instead be maintained once every 21 years,which gave committee member Lorie Zapf pause.“We’ve been having some issues with trees as they become mature and need trimming, and branches fall on people and cause us huge liability,” she said.Faulconer’s budget also proposes a $355,000 reduction in facilities maintenance, a $300,000 reduction in graffiti abatement and a $267,000 reduction in citywide park maintenance.Such reductions likely would result in diminished services at a practical level, Tevlin said. The Facilities Division has for two consecutive years requested funds to hire 21 additional employees.“They feel very strongly they cannot keep up with service levels that have been adopted by the council for those facilities,” Tevlin said. “It’s something to keep talking about with them to see what the real need is.”Budget hearings are expected to continue through May 9. A final budget will likely be adopted in June. Elizabeth Alvarez, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: May 2, 2018 May 2, 2018 Updated: 2:48 PM
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Alaska State Trooper K-9 Team attempted a traffic stop on a red 2002 Pontiac Grand-Am near mile 64, of the Sterling Highway, on Saturday. According to the online Trooper dispatch, the pursuit ensued during an attempted warrant arrest on Travis Mchone, 32, of Sterling. Mchone had two separate outstanding Warrants for his arrest for Probation Violations totaling the amount of $2,000. Mchone drove at high speeds failing to stop, eventually driving the vehicle down a power line trail where it got stuck in a snow bank. K-9 warnings were given and Mchone complied with commands. Mchone and his passenger Katherine M. Bliss, 26, of Nikiski were both taken into custody without further incident. Bliss was arrested for a Probation Violation for the original charges of MICS-4TH. Mchone was remanded to Wildwood Pretrial on the original Probation Warrants and new Charges of Eluding 1st, Assault 3rd, Reckless Driving, Violating Conditions of Release and Reckless Endangerment.