Negotiations between the City of Fort St. John and the BCGEU will resume tomorrow at 1 p.m. BCGEU members have been on strike since Monday July 20.Job action by the BCGEU will continue throughout the negotiations.- Advertisement –
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)KANSAS CITY — Kyle Shanahan seemed to scoff at any notion the 49ers might look elsewhere to replace injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, not when the coach professed “a lot of confidence” for C.J. Beathard to reclaim that starting role.“C.J.’s a gamer,” Shanahan said after Sunday’s 38-27 defeat to the Chiefs. “Everyone in here has a ton of respect for C.J., how he handles himself. He’s a man out there, a very good …
Ferndale High played one great quarter of football in its season debut.But as head coach Clint McClurg was quick to point out following his team’s 28-17 loss to visiting Clear Lake, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Field, the Wildcats didn’t do it for four quarters.“We have aspirations of being a great team,” McClurg said. “But to do that, it takes constancy. We can’t have just one good quarter, we need to be good throughout the entire game.”Ferndale scored all of its 17 points in the …
Dr. Pretti-FrontczakIn this audiocast, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak shares ten play-based ideas of things you can do to learn what children know. This is a follow-up to her webinar “Have a Seat! Learning What Children Know Through Play.” If you missed the webinar, you can view the recording here.Audio Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/prekmedia/MFLN+Have+A+Seat+Webinar+Follow+Up.m4a00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For a written transcript of this audiocast, please click here.
Condemning the unfurling of the Islamic State (IS) flag at the historic Jamia Masjid here on Friday by a youngster, the Kashmiri separatist leaders said “such anti-Islamic acts would not be tolerated at any cost”.“Some masked elements have violated all Islamic teaching, values, sanctity of the mosque and attempted to desecrate the pulpit of Jamia Masjid,” said a joint statement of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.A video that went viral on the social media in Kashmir on Saturday showed a masked youth scaling the pulpit inside the mosque and unfurling an IS flag. Others are seen raising slogans.‘Bid to dent movement’The pulpit is traditionally used by the Mirwaiz, the head priest of the Valley, for Friday sermons. “In the past too, some elements at the behest of certain agencies and handlers have indulged in rowdyism and hooliganism inside and outside the Jamia Masjid. The motive is to weaken the ongoing people’s movement for the right to self-determination,” said the separatist leaders.Terming the bid “unfortunate”, the separatists claimed it was a well-planned design to damage this religious centre. “Also, it is aimed at changing the course of the ongoing movement and create an atmosphere of confusion and anarchy,” they added.The separatists asked the youth in the Valley “to be cautious of this propaganda of vested elements and understand the motive behind such acts”.A spokesman of the Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid, which is a caretaker body of the 14th century mosque, said the incident took place in Jamia Masjid on Friday late in the afternoon after the devotees had left. “A group of masked boys entered the mosque and rushed to the pulpit when one among them stood atop the pulpit with his shoes on, screaming slogans and creating ruckus,” said the spokesman.In the meantime, his associates videotaped it and the video has been put on the social media. “It has sent shock waves and deep resentment among people,” said the spokesman.He said the Auqaf would not allow anyone to violate the sanctity of the mosque and the pulpit at any cost. “Jamia Masjid is the spiritual religious and political centre of the people of Kashmir and representative of our collective cultural heritage and any attempt to harm it will be dealt with firmly,” the spokesman added. In the past few years, Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliated group Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, have succeeded in recruiting a few youth in Kashmir. However, the police said the ranks of both the organisation have shrunk to single digits. Six militants of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind were killed recently in Pulwama’s Awantipora, including the deputy of Zakir Musa, who heads the group.
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Man City boss Guardiola confident Fernandinho can make Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is confident Fernandinho can make their clash with Liverpool.The influential midfielder has missed the last three matches through injury – which has coincided with City losing two times.And Guardiola has revealed the 33-year-old has made a return to training – even though he is still short of full match fitness.Asked directly about Fernandinho’s fitness Guardiola said: “Almost everyone is fit. They are training – not 100 per cent but training.”We will have his qualities again and he is an incredible player. He is so important like Kevin is, so of course we have to find another solution if he is not available.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona chief Abidal unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz after Napoli scouting tripby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona chief Eric Abidal was left unimpressed by Fabian Ruiz during a weekend scouting mission to Italy.Abidal traveled to Italy last weekend to see Napoli defeat Lecce at the Stadio Via del Mare.And the subject of his trip was Napoli pair Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly.However, Abidal came away unimpressed by the antics of Spanish midfielder Ruiz, says Mundo Deportivo.He scored the third goal for Napoli and could not think of anything better than celebrating in the face of angry local fans – a gesture that did not go down well with Abidal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona fined £265 for Griezmann signingby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have been fined only 300 euros (£265) by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, reports BBC Sport.Spanish champions Barcelona signed Griezmann after paying his 120m-euro (£107m) buyout clause on 1 July.But the federation said Barca broke its rules by negotiating with Griezmann without Atletico’s permission.Atletico believed his buyout clause should have been 200m euros (£179m).They claimed that Barca began talking to the player in March, when that was the size of his buyout clause.His cost then dropped to 120m euros at the start of July, which was when he signed for Barca, but Atletico claimed the “commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed” prior to the clause reducing.The player was absolved of any responsibility by the federation. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Every year, MLB’s All-Star game brings together the best players from each league to form two superteams. For one game, we get to see Jose Fernandez as a reliever against lineups in which Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera hit back to back. But unlike the NBA’s fantasy rosters made real, we never get to glimpse how dominant such a talent-laden squad would be against normal MLB competition. So with a little statistical analysis and some conjecture, I took a guess at how well an MLB All-Star team would fare in a regular season — and even how often they’d go a perfect 162-0.1This piece was prompted by an email from reader Rich Chiesa, so thanks, Rich.To get an idea of how good each All-Star team would be, I added up the wins above replacement2The FanGraphs version. for every All-Star team’s best player at each position since 1933 (the first year of the All-Star Game). To further make things comparable to regular-season teams, I summed the top five pitchers’ WAR totals to get a rotation’s worth of pitching WAR.3I excluded relievers from the rosters in order to make an apples-to-apples comparison across history, since relief pitching didn’t really exist in anything like its current form until the 1970s. I also did not consider any WAR contributed by the designated hitter for each All-Star and regular season team, since the DH did not exist before 1973. The result of all this was a predicted WAR total for each All-Star team, which I could use as a comparison against real regular-season teams.Not surprisingly, All-Star teams tend to carry far more talent in their ranks than most normal teams. The average All-Star squad put 60 full-season WAR on the field, which is about the same as the 1976 Reds — widely regarded as one of the best teams in MLB history. No regular-season team in history exceeded the 1927 Yankees’ 66.3 WAR, but about 30 percent of All-Star teams would have if given the chance to play together in the regular season.But 66.3 WAR is kind of an abstract idea; what most fans care about is Ws and Ls. To establish how well these All-Star rosters might have fared in the standings, I used regular-season teams as a guide. I regressed their winning percentages against the total WAR on their rosters to get a sense for how much each additional WAR was worth.4I used a logit transformation on these winning percentages, since I expected them to become asymptotic at some point (i.e., no team can win more than 100 percent of its games). The correlation between a team’s WAR total and its winning percentage was a robust and statistically significant 0.82. As expected, each win above replacement contributed to a team increases winning percentage by roughly 0.7 points, or the equivalent of about one win in a 162-game schedule. By this method, practically every All-Star team would be predicted to have a winning record, and the average All-Star squad would be predicted to win 73.4 percent of its games.5The sole All-Star team predicted to have a losing record was the 1933 National League’s outfit, and this is largely by virtue of the fact that they listed only four pitchers on their roster. In a 162-game schedule a .734 winning percentage would lead to 120 wins, a feat no real-life team has ever achieved. And that’s just the average; the very best All-Star teams — the top 10 percent — would be predicted to win more than 81 percent of their games, or 132 contests in a regular season.Standing atop that group as the best All-Star team ever was the 1997 National League squad. (Which, by the way, lost to the AL 3-1, a reminder that in any one game a superteam can lose to a merely great team, especially if there isn’t much at stake.) Seven players from that roster have already made the Hall of Fame, with two more (third baseman Chipper Jones and pitcher Curt Schilling) likely to reach induction in the near future, and a few others (such as outfielder Barry Bonds and first baseman Jeff Bagwell) mainly excluded over performance-enhancing drug concerns. (By comparison, only five players from the AL team that opposed them have made the hall so far.) Combined, the top players on the ’97 NL team produced 86.2 WAR; six of them reached the MVP level threshold of 6 WAR; their worst position player, Jones, ended up producing 3.7 WAR — still 23rd best in the NL.We can’t say for sure how such a team might have fared over a 162-game schedule; the assumptions of any model can break down at the extremes, particularly since we’re trying to extrapolate from a sample of regular-season teams that have never been anywhere near as powerful. But by the model outlined above, the 1997 NL All-Stars would have been predicted to win 87 percent of their games, or 140 times in a season. Even given the amount of luck in baseball records,6Random variation can can cause a team’s win total to fluctuate by something like 6 to 10 wins per year. the ’97 NL would hypothetically go undefeated only once every six billion seasons. (So the best team in baseball history — by a huge margin — would still be the longest of long shots for a perfect record.)I can, of course, take things a step further and assemble the all-time greatest All-Star team. By assembling the greatest single-season performances at each position throughout history, I can build a team with almost 137 WAR, more than 50 percent better than the greatest single All-Star team ever. This team — with Lou Gehrig from 1934 manning first base, Barry Bonds from 2002 in the outfield, and ’99 Pedro Martinez sharing a rotation with ’72 Steve Carlton — would be predicted to win 96.8 percent of its games, becoming the first 157-game winner. With a lot of luck, it could eke out an undefeated regular season, but even for them it would be far from a certainty. (According to the binomial distribution, it would happen once every 200 or so seasons.)Obviously, no such team will ever play the regular season, and this simplified approach ignores many factors that limit teams from such otherworldly performance, such as injuries and the grind of the long schedule. Even so, it’s intriguing to consider how overwhelming an All-Star team likely would be in the face of regular-season competition. For a game in which the default is to fail seven times out of 10, most All-Star teams would suddenly make baseball look quite easy.Check out our latest MLB predictions.