QPR wait for news on defender

December 21, 2019

first_imgLuke Young will undergo a fitness test before QPR boss Mark Hughes names his line-up for today’s game against Everton.The defender has been sidelined with a hamstring problem but returned to training this week and Hughes is optimistic he will be available for selection.Young is expected to at least make the bench for the match at Loftus Road, which Rangers badly need to win as they battle against relegation.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

2018 Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience

December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentOhio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Class IX and Young Ag Professionals group spent an educational three days in Washington, D.C. Sept. 11-13. The purpose of the trip was to share their ideas with members of Congress and to learn about international agriculture and how to grow personally and professionally. The trip included a visit with congressional representatives, meeting with American Farm Bureau staff members for industry and issues updates, a behind-the-scenes look at how Washington really works, networking with other young professionals, and exploring a world view of agriculture during a visit to an embassy.Day 3, Thursday, Sept. 13 The third and final day of the Leadership Experience was focused on congressional visits. The hallmark of the trip is the opportunity for our members to meet with their representatives, bringing relevancy of the national issues facing agriculture to their farms and businesses in Ohio. Before heading up to the Hill, the group had the fortune to tour the White House. Participants were amazed by the history and tradition of the building, and marveled at the fact that many of the areas are still in active use for receptions, diplomatic meetings and other activities. The security lines and tour were so efficient that it allowed for extra time before heading to the Hill, which gave the group the opportunity to visit Iwo Jima.The group at the Iwo Jima memorial“The best part is getting to meet all the other individuals from the other counties and see the different operations. The diversity of the programs, backgrounds and operations that everybody has come from is very interesting, and I’ve learned so much just from that.” – Jenna Gregorich, Coshocton County Young Ag ProfessionalBetween congressional visits, attendees were able to spend time networking and discussing issues of local interest from their farms. Overall, the participants deemed the meetings a success. The attendees were impressed at how receptive the congressional leaders were to their questions and hearing about the issues presented. Some were pleasantly surprised to see how familiar staffers were with agriculture and how understanding and supportive they were of the industry and its struggles.“Just to know that the lobbyists in Ohio are working with American Farm Bureau and for Ohio farmers, connecting all the messages. One voice is truly is heard here, and we get to be part of that, and that is truly something special.” – Bailey Morrell, Wayne County AgriPOWER participant There were a total of 14 Congressional visits, including Rep. David Joyce,  Rep. Bill Johnson and Rep. Bob Latta.Later in the afternoon, the group had the privilege to hear from key staff from the Senate Ag Committee to learn more about the process of how the farm bill comes to be written. They received reassurance that discussions are continuing and there is earnest interest to complete the work and send the farm bill to the president for his signature.“It’s always great to see farmers and agricultural leaders from across the state coming together to learn about public policy and advocating on behalf of our industry. I’m thankful to work for an organization that has so many passionate people,” said Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director, state and national affairs.Day 2, Wednesday, Sept. 12Betty Ann Bryce, senior policy advisor at USDADay two began with a somber but informative discussion on the opioid epidemic, focusing on the particular struggles in the rural U.S.  The group welcomed Betty Ann Bryce, senior policy adviser at the United States Department of Agriculture and staff lead on Opioids Initiatives. While opioid misuse is primarily a public health and safety concern, USDA Rural Development’s involvement in working on solutions, particularly pertaining to rural communities, is a perfect complement to the other agencies currently involved. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed report challenges with the opioid epidemic, and one segment that is largely affected is employers. Difficulties in staffing a workforce result in companies and farmers either importing employees or leaving a community, which can affect local, rural economies. Bryce’s team is working on increasing dialogue in these communities, identifying treatment challenges and addressing issues that stall progress and change, such as shame and stigma, access to treatment and even disagreement on treatment options by community leaders. Tactics that have been successful include illustrating through personal stories and testimonies of how opioid addiction has touched the lives of many, illustrating how no one and no community is immune, and helping leaders to see that the epidemic has a ripple effect, as communities become no longer worth investing in. Norman Borlaug, “Father of the Green Revolution”After the morning session, the group headed to Capitol Hill for a tour and photo opportunity. The tour guide was prepared for the Farm Bureau and she included details directly pertaining to agriculture from our forefathers and even the architectural features in the Capitol Building. She specifically pointed out the statue of Norman Borlaug, “Father of the Green Revolution”.    U.S. Grain Council’s vice president and chief operating officer, Kimberly AtkinsA strong Ohio FARM economy is a strong OHIO economyThe day’s lunchtime presentation was from the U.S. Grain Council’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly Atkins. This nonprofit organization promotes the global use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products worldwide including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles. Its strategic goals include trade diplomacy, securing funding through MAP (Market Access Program) and FMD (Foreign Market Development), demand growth and increased ethanol exports.The day concluded with an informative and entertaining visit to the Embassy of Chile. The group learned a great deal of facts and details about the country, including its major exports and growing environment. Chile stretches a large portion of the west coast of South America and has a diverse geography, climate and production. The country has 16 different climates and sub-climates, and most closely resembles California in its agriculture. Because of its isolation due to the Andes Mountains and coastline, it is free of most disease and pests that can affect trade. The country has free trade agreements with 80 countries. It is the No. 2 producer of salmon, and because its pork industry is growing, the country relies heavily on feed imports. Thank you to Eduardo Santos, Javier Chaud and Felipe Gajardo for being excellent hosts.   Day 1, Tuesday, Sept. 11Day one in Washington, D.C. was filled with excitement and anticipation. The AgriPOWER and Young Ag Professionals groups were eager to meet each other and learn more about the different programs and each other, as well as familiarize themselves with the scope of national issues confronting agriculture. The group’s first day was focused on preparing for productive congressional visits. American Farm Bureau staff, clockwise: Paul Schlegel, director of public policy;  David Salmonsen, senior director of governmental relations; Veronica Nigh, international trade and environmental issue economist; Andrew Walmsley, director, congressional relationsRepresentatives from American Farm Bureau presented details on a variety of issues including trade, immigration and the farm bill. These three topics have a major impact on agriculture through the country, however each individual farmer has varying knowledge and concern about each area. While migrant labor is a great concern for local produce growers, trade and tariffs are more concerning to the commodity farmers. The participants appreciated learning more about their own areas of concern, but also gained a greater understanding of their fellow farmers’ perspective.After the AFBF briefing, Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director of state and national policy, led a discussion on how to take the broader national issues down to a local level. Everyone then broke off into groups to discuss and prepare for the week’s congressional visits.A full first day ended with a delicious BBQ dinner at Hill Country, followed by an entertaining and educational night tour of the national monuments.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Mother of murdered First Nation woman skeptical of roundtable

October 14, 2019

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome families of missing and murdered Indigenous women are making their way to Ottawa this week.They’ll be participating in a one-day family gathering to discuss solutions and supports needed to end violence.The gathering is happening a day before a national roundtable.APTN’s Annette Francis spoke to one mother about her thoughts and hopes for the events.last_img

Air Canada reaches new deal with pilots to expand fleet for discount

October 13, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Canada (TSX:AC) says it has reached an agreement to expand the number of aircraft in its discount brand Rouge.The deal was made in co-operation with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association.Air Canada said the new arrangements amend the 10-year agreement it reached with its pilots in October 2014.The airline expects the amendments will allow it to expand its presence in certain regional markets.It said the new deal will also enable it to compete effectively with emerging North American ultra low cost carriers.Also provided in the amendments are improvements for Air Canada pilots’ defined-contribution plans and sick leave, and greater transferability between Air Canada and Rouge.last_img read more

Gender gap in STEM fields proving difficult to close say experts census

October 13, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – In the basement of McGill University’s engineering building, Elizabeth O’Meara punches the word “engineer” into a Google Image search and watches the screen fill with pictures of men in construction helmets.“It’s kind of disgraceful,” O’Meara tells her audience, a group of Grade 11 students she’s hoping to encourage to pursue her own field of study. “Not everyone wears hard hats in engineering.“And also, they’re all dudes. They’re also all white.”O’Meara, a 19-year old first-year bioengineering student, is well aware she doesn’t represent the face of most engineering hopefuls.Her presentation is part of a wider effort to change the fact that women remain vastly under-represented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, despite sustained efforts to close the gap.More than four in 10 Canadian women aged 25 to 34 had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2016, compared with less than 33 per cent in 2006, according to the latest batch of census numbers released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.However, of those women with an earned doctorate, only about one-quarter opted for architecture, engineering and related technologies, the numbers show. And among those younger Canadians with bachelor’s degrees, men who studied engineering or computer and information science outnumbered their female counterparts by a ratio of more than five to one.Considering the fact that overall, fewer than 20 per cent of working-age Canadians with post-secondary degrees, men and women alike, chose the STEM path, the female ranks are small indeedAs demand for STEM-related jobs increases, the lack of women in such high-paying fields could have serious economic consequences, a report released earlier this year by TD Economics suggests.“It will be difficult to close, or possibly even further narrow, the overall gender wage gap if women fail to make stronger inroads,” it read.The gender divide persists, despite years of efforts by advocacy groups, universities and individuals to tackle systemic gender bias and promote the importance of STEM.These efforts range from pink-coloured building blocks for toddlers and science camps geared towards girls to a governmental threat to strip funding from research universities that fail to address diversity issues.“It’s really upsetting, and it’s something we’re thinking about a lot,” said Ketra Schmitt, a professor at Concordia University’s Centre for Engineering in Society.Experts struggle to explain why women continue to flock to fields such as education and health sciences — women accounted for 92.7 per cent of young nursing graduates with bachelor’s degrees in 2016 — while more men choose engineering.Studies suggest the reasons are multiple and complex, including systemic gender bias, a tendency for girls to underestimate their own math abilities and a lack of role models at the top levels.The TD Economics report found that even after graduation, women disproportionately end up in lower-paying technical roles than higher paid professional ones.Schmitt said researchers often sum up the problem using the metaphor of a “leaky pipeline” that sees girls and women drop out at every step, beginning in elementary school and continuing into their professional lives.The student group O’Meara represents, called Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE), is trying to create a supportive community for female students that also offers mentorship and networking opportunities to help them break into the field.They also do outreach work with local elementary schools, high schools and junior colleges, including O’Meara’s recent presentation and workshop.Part of the group’s mission is to look at the lack of female role models found at every level of the profession.“When you don’t have role models, that affects everybody further down on the chain,” said Taylor Lynn Curtis, a second-year software engineering student who co-presented with O’Meara.They’re hoping to make a difference to girls like 16-year-old Maya Esar, who attended the presentation with the rest of her class.Esar hopes to go on to study computer science, eventually translating her interest in programming and art into a successful career designing websites or video games.Despite being the only girl in her school’s coding club, the teen says it’s never occurred to her to think of programming as just a “guy thing.”“Nobody ever told me it was.”last_img read more

Top Notch Oilfield Contracting Presents George Canyon in Fort St John

October 13, 2019

first_imgTORONTO, ON – Canadian country legend and multiple JUNO Award winner George Canyon announced today he will be embarking on a national Canadian tour with hit-makers Doc Walker and Charlie Major. The ‘Hit After Hit’ tour will begin April 18th in Camrose, AB, and wrap in Barrie, ON on May 25th, making stops in more than 30 towns and cities along the way.Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. MST. Tickets are priced at $55.00, and $60.00 plus applicable fees.  There will be a special listener pre-sale on Thursday, March 7.  Sign up for the newsletter at www.energetictickets.ca to receive the pre-sale access code. Tickets may be purchased online at www.energetictickets.ca, by phoning the Lido at (250) 785-3011, and in person at Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet on 100 ST.Hot off the heels of his 2018 release ‘Southside of Heaven’, George’s new single ‘Out Of This Town’ from his forthcoming EP produced by Scott Cooke, was released to all digital platforms on February 22nd and hits radio airwaves March 8th. Canyon rose to become one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars in the early 2000’s and has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. He has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, and was recently presented a certified Platinum Award for his debut album ‘One Good Friend’. With country hits like Just Like You, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more, he is also a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.Charlie Major is a true Canadian legend. He has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone and has been the recipient of 3 Juno Awards and 7 CCMA Awards. Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Major holds the distinction of having six consecutive #1 hits (every single released) off his debut album prior to the inception of BDS.Canada’s Manny Blu made his debut with the release of his first single “X on my Heart” earlier this year. Currently preparing to release his premiere EP Leave It Like It Is in summer 2019, Manny is eagerly awaiting the chance to share his new music with the world.last_img read more

Wolves shock Man Utd to reach FA Cup semifinals

October 12, 2019

first_imgWolverhampton: Wolves inflicted a second straight defeat on Manchester United on Saturday, outplaying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to secure a 2-1 win and reach the FA Cup semi-finals. United lacked spark throughout and were overcome by an eager Wolves side with two goals in the space of six minutes in the second half from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. Marcus Rashford’s injury-time effort was a mere consolation. Solskjaer had presided over a run of just two defeats in 18 games since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the last eight of the FA Cup. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBut now they have suffered two losses in a row after their Champions League exertions at Paris Saint-Germain. United were favourites but the Midlanders’ form against the top six that has carried them to seventh position in the Premier League gave home fans hope. The early signs were that United, not Wolves, were going to live up to the hype of the warm-up, dominating early possession. The visitors created the first opening when Paul Pogba gained a yard of space in the box and curled wide. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryGoalkeeper John Ruddy was happy to let the ball drift away but was forced to make a falling save to his left soon afterwards when Rashford let fly from 30 yards. Wolves’ first threat came in the 28th minute when Ruben Neves’s low drive was well held by the United goalkeeper Sergio Romero and it was swiftly followed by a better one, Jota failing to connect properly with a volley from Matt Doherty’s centre. United players surrounded referee Martin Atkinson screaming for a penalty in the 37th minute after Diogo Dalot’s hooked shot hit the elbow of Jonny as he turned his back on the ball. But Atkinson was unmoved. The best chance of the half fell to Wolves, two minutes before the break. Neves sent Jota galloping clear for a one-on-one with Romero, but the United goalkeeper beat his curling shot away. United had the first opening of the second half when Rashford got away from Conor Coady on the right side of the box but could only whistle a fierce angled drive a few feet wide. Wolves replied with a rising, diagonal effort from Jimenez that looped comfortably over the bar. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were gaining in confidence however and created two chances that required some superb goalkeeping from Romero. First he reacted sharply to tip over a bullet header from Jimenez from Joao Moutinho’s corner. The Argentine keeper then palmed over a rising chip from Moutinho from 25 yards as Wolves got on top. Wolves scored the goal they had been threatening in the 70th minute. The chance seemed to be lost when Jimenez was forced backwards with his back to goal after being crowded out following a superb run by Moutinho, who breezed through three challenges cutting in from the left. But the Mexican swivelled 180 degrees, after getting a lucky bounce off Pogba and drilled a low shot past Romero. Six minutes later Wolves doubled their lead. Neves sent Jota racing clear on the counter as Wolves broke and the Portuguese left Luke Shaw in a heap before firing an unstoppable left-foot drive inside Romero’s near post. High drama followed when Atkinson showed Victor Lindelof a red card for lunging in on Jota in front of the Wolves dugout. VAR was called and deemed it a booking, allowing the Swedish defender a reprieve. Rashford pulled one back with a shot on the turn in the fifth minute of the five added on, but it was too little, too late. agencieslast_img read more

September 18, 2019

Sporting boss praises Oblak

first_imgSporting Lisbon manager Jorge Jesus has hailed Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world, ahead of their second leg in the Europa LeagueThe Slovenia international arrived at Portuguese side Benfica in the summer of 2010 at the tender age of 17 years old and, after four loan spells away from the club, Oblak became the first choice goalkeeper under Jesus himself after displacing regular number one Artur in the 2013/14 season.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…After keeping several clean sheets in his opening matches, Oblak was later named the Primeira Liga’s goalkeeper of the year and later sealed a €16m transfer to Atletico and has established himself at La Liga as one of the very best.“Oblak arrived at Portuguese football very young. He was 17 years old. He was at two clubs before he had the opportunity at Benfica. He worked [hard] during that time, I have no doubt that alongside Rui Patricio and some others he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The Atletico supporters should be delighted to have him and his work.” said Jesus, according to Mundo Deportivo.last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Villas next seasons kit includes a darker shade of claret

first_imgVilla’s iconic colours have often caused confusion amongst manufacturers and senior Villa Park officials have moved to ensure next season’s kit includes a ‘darker shade of claret’ according to Birmingham Mail.It will also feature a ‘visible nod to William McGregor’. A statue of McGregor – the man who played a leading role in founding the Football League in 1888 – stands proudly outside the main reception at Villa Park.Neil Banbury, General Manager UK at the Kindred Group, said:Tottenham make offer to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish Henry Ikenna Ugwu – June 13, 2018 In a bullish manner Tottenham makes offer to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish £15m as Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester are also keen on securing the…“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Aston Villa. 32Red has a successful history in football sponsorship and will look to build on the fantastic work done by the Unibet brand last season.“The 32Red logo won’t look out of place adorning the famous claret and blue with both brands priding themselves on excitement and entertainment. The likes of which has made 32Red an industry-leader in online casinos.““Unibet will continue to reward the legions of loyal Villans with “better” experiences as Official Betting & Gaming Partner and we look forward to seeing the logo on the club’s official training wear.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Jamie Carraghers Premier League season predictions

first_imgSky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has given his predictions for the Premier League season.After two matches played in the 2018/19 Premier League season, Jamie Carragher has made his season predictions. Sky Sports reports.Champions – Man City‘People say how impressive Liverpool have been at the start of the season, but how impressive have City been? They’ve gone to Arsenal, a top-six rival, and then the manner of the win over Huddersfield. It could have been 2-0 or 3-0 after five minutes, that’s how good they are. It’s difficult to look past City and if they do what I expect them to do, I expect them to have a period of domination. At the end of Pep’s time, we could be talking about one of the great teams seen in this country.’Top Four – Liverpool, Man Utd, Tottenham‘It’s hard to leave Chelsea out, but you think of them playing Thursday-Sunday and the goalkeeper is still young He may go on to be one of the world’s best, but it’s not Courtois. They have lost one of the world’s best. I think the other sides have just got the edge on them but we are talking fine margins.’English Premier League flops of the week Taimoor Khan – August 25, 2019 The third round of English Premier League football is pretty much over and we need to take a look at players and coaches who…Top six challengers – Everton‘I like the manager and have always liked him since he was at Hull. They went down and he started well at Watford until Everton came in and it fell apart. There’s something I like about that manager when I see their teams play. Without the transfer business on the last day, I thought he hadn’t brought enough in, but that has given everyone a lift and of course the two performances and results they have had were very good. Richarlison has come in and done well.’Top goalscorer – Kane‘If you ask me the same question for the next seven years, I’ll always say Harry Kane. He will take the penalties, he will never be left out and he has the mentality every season to be the top scorer and as I’ve said before, I think he’s going to break all kinds of records. I think it’s telling he has signed a six-year contract and wasn’t looking to Real Madrid. I think he wants to be the greatest scorer in Tottenham’s history and he wants the Premier League record also.’last_img read more