Property Tax Notices are in the mail

first_imgAnnual tax notices have been mailed to Fort St. John and rural property owners.For all property owners, taxes are due Thursday July 2nd. You can pay your taxes a number of ways:* In person at most banks and credit unions* In person at local Service BC Centres (Government Agent) – Rural Property Owners only* In person at Fort St. John City Hall – Fort St. John property owners only* Using Internet or telephone banking through most financial institutions* By mail- Advertisement -Rural property owners who do not receive a tax notice by mid-June should contact their local Service BC Centres listed in the blue pages of the telephone directory or at www.servicebc.gov.bc.ca/locations/. Property owners can also contact the Surveyor of Taxes office at 250 387-0555 (toll-free through Enquiry BC at 1 800 663 7867) or by e-mail at [email protected] those in Fort St. John, you can contact City Hall at 250-787-8150.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Mailer – June 29, 2011

first_imgGeocaching with KidsGeocaching with the younger crowd can be an unforgettable experience. In addition to being a great way for children to explore the outdoors, geocaching introduces them to problem solving and is a wonderful family adventure. Nothing is quite like watching the victorious “I’ve found it!” expression flash across the face of a young geocacher.However, geocaching can become a very forgettable experience for kids if they don’t manage to find a geocache. To make sure this doesn’t happen to your family, we suggest the following:• Seek caches with a lower difficulty rating. We suggest 1 to 1.5 stars. The difficulty rating is listed on each cache page as well as on the search results page.• Seek larger caches. In addition to being easier to find, larger caches are more likely to contain items for the kids to trade. The cache size is shown as a graphic on each cache page as well as on the search results page.• Make sure that the cache has been found recently. Scroll to the bottom of the cache page where you can view recent logs by other geocachers. Recent logs with “found it” smileys indicate that the cache is most likely still in place and findable.• Read the cache description and any hints so that you have some idea of what to search for at the cache coordinates. For more of a challenge, bring along the hint and don’t read it unless you really need it.Check out our guide page for more information that will help you choose a great adventure for the younger geocachers in your group. Geocachers have been unknowingly practicing for the Langley Knights Competition since the day the first geocache was found. This UK-based competition is a quest to be first to find – only in this case, the geocache is a knight. On Saturday, July 2nd at 9 am British Summer Time, five knights will be hidden around England. Three of these will be physical knights – full suits of armor placed in English parks – while two will be “cyber knights” that can only be found in images on Google Maps and Google Earth.The first person to find each knight and input the corresponding code on the Langley Knights Competition website wins £1000. The person who referred them wins £500. The person who referred them wins £250 and on up the line.Help us show the world the power of the geocaching community! Click here to join team “geocachers” and go hunt for some knights this weekend. You must join by July 1st to compete.Check out the blog for more information. Any winnings directed to Groundspeak will be donated to charity.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 30, 2011March 30, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”How to choose the best caches for kidsJuly 9, 2019In “Learn”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”center_img Be the FTF a Knight and You Could Winlast_img read more

Hands Off My Wrists! Why I Don’t Want To Wear My Computers

first_imgowen thomas What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts center_img Tags:#fitness tracker#Fitness Tracking#smartwatch#Wearable Computing#wearables Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The gadget-industrial complex is afroth with the notion that everyone from Apple and Google to Dell and Samsung is working on a smartwatch.Who’s going to wear them?I’ll tell you: Not me.See also: Arm Race: Samsung To Build A Smartwatch, TooI can’t remember ever wearing a watch: I hate the feel of a band against my wrist. That’s a personal tic, but I’m far from alone in eschewing timepieces. Since the last decade, people have noted the trend of younger people to tell time on anything but a watch.Sure, you’ll read the occasional trend piece about how high-end, luxury watches are making a blingy comeback. Whatever: I can’t imagine a less interesting way to spend your money.No One Needs More Devices To ManageYou know what I don’t need? More cables and chargers to misplace at home or pack for travel. Yet that’s exactly what smartwatches and fitness bands bring to our lives. (Nick Statt noted that keeping the Fitbit Flex charged is one of its most annoying aspects.) I already need to keep a smartphone, tablet, and Bluetooth keyboard charged. After that, I’m out of USB ports.Photo by matsuyuki on FlickrAnd Google Glass? The paranoia about people recording video is overblown, because the battery won’t last long enough to record any large portion of one’s day. And the glorified $1,500 Bluetooth headset is far too easy to break. I also hate the headset’s nose-pinching frame. (When I buy glasses, I always get them without those awful nose pads.)Battery life in general will be a nightmare for all of these tiny devices. Physics and chemistry dictate how long a charge lasts, and the more capable these miniaturized computers are, the more frequently we’ll have to plug them in—which makes the whole “wearable” thing pointless.It’s The Data That Counts, Not The DeviceAnother argument for wearables is that they’re good for capturing data. I don’t buy that, either.I’m interested in the quantified-self movement, which promises to turn our movements and vital signs into data to be crunched, stored, and analyzed. But pedometers don’t capture how I work out, which tends to involve more time in the gym or yoga studio rather than on the running trail. (And I live in San Francisco, so I walk plenty as it is.)It’s more useful for me to enter data about my workouts into apps like GymGoal—which require a full smartphone screen. And for tracking runs, I use more smartphone apps: MapMyRun, Nike Running, and RunKeeper, all of which rely on phones’ GPS and accelerometer systems for location data.Stop The Smartwatch Madness!So here’s a modest proposal for hardware manufacturers: Stop trying to replace the smartphone. Instead, make it better—by focusing on software and services. You say it’s awkward to take a phone out of a pocket or purse? The answer isn’t to shift notifications over to another screen. It’s to eliminate unnecessary notifications, or shift them in time. Anticipatory computing should allow smartphones to get much smarter about when to interrupt us.See also: The Smartwatch Arm RaceAnd ambient identity will allow us to securely take over any available networked screen—rather than worry about carrying around a bevy of personal devices. (I hear cloud computing is a thing.)You know what would also be nice? A non-dorky Bluetooth earpiece, or earphones that don’t get tangled up. Voice interfaces are getting better and better—and unless you really loved the Dick Tracy comics, I don’t see how talking into your watch will ever be cool.We don’t need computers to wear on our head, or wrists, or arms. We need computers that fade into the background. Forget wearable computing. It’s time for disappearable computing.Photo of Owen Thomas by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite; photo of USB cables by matsuyukilast_img read more

PBA D-League: Diliman College-Gerry’s routs Wangs to stay in playoff hunt

first_imgView comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It was Wangs’ third straight defeat to sink to 3-4.The Scores:DILIMAN-GERRY’S 108 — Gandjeto 33, Balagtas 20, Brutas 19, Bauzon 13, Mahari 9, Cabanag 5, Torrado 4, Darang 3, Sombero 2, Bonsubre 0, Enriquez 0, Brill 0, Ngo 0, Tay 0, Salazar 0.WANGS 95 — Inigo 33, Tolentino 16, Vito 8, Lim 8, Bulawan 7, Estrella 6, Tongco 5, De Mesa 5, Wong 5, Santos 2, Brojan 0, Lucas 0, Ilac 0, Evangelista 0, Singontiko 0.Quarters: 25-16, 53-34, 78-65, 108-95.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Tim Cone wishes Magnolia luck vs powerhouse San Miguel: ‘If anyone can, you guys can’ MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The way we’re playing, we’re starting to pick up. I think we can show some more and play good basketball,” he said.Beninese big man Kevin Gandjeto stuffed the stat sheet with 33 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and two blocks forFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoseph Brutas drained 19 points built on six triples, while Marco Balagtas recorded a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds.Axel Inigo poured 33 points and five rebounds in the losing effort for the Couriers, while Arvin Tolentino had 16. Kevin Gandjeto. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines– Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill bolstered its playoff hopes with a 108-95 drubbing of Wangs Basketball Tuesday in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The Blue Dragons, who led by as much as 23, fended off a third-quarter fightback from the Couriers en route to the win for a 3-3 record to stay in the hunt for the top four of the Foundation Group.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

James Anderson suffers knee injury during county game

first_imgJames Anderson suffered a knee injury while performing his county duty with Lancashire coach Glen Chapple, suggesting that the England pace spearhead could be in for a “painful few days”.Anderson had to leave the field after James Fuller’s drive hit him on the inside of his knee during Lancashire’s four-wicket defeat by champions Hampshire in a One-Day Cup semi-final on Sunday, reports BBC Sport.”It is a nasty blow in a painful area,” said Chapple. “We don’t know but we think that it will be a nasty bruise that will settle down in the next few days. The physio will see him in the morning and he walked off there.”Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, will now require further medical assessment on Monday.As Anderson no longer plays ODI cricket, the injury will have no bearing on England’s campaign in the upcoming World Cup beginning at the end of this month.Anderson can possibly be seen playing next for England when they take on Ireland in the four-day Test at Lord’s from July 24 before the Ashes series against Australia begins at Edgbaston on August 1.Also Read | Liam Plunkett cleared by ICC after ball tampering scarelast_img read more

13 days agoMoreno: Real Sociedad midfielder Odegaard not good enough for Spain

first_imgMoreno: Real Sociedad midfielder Odegaard not good enough for Spainby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Roberto Moreno insists Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard wouldn’t be good enough for his squad.Odegaard is ready to play for Norway against Spain on Saturday night.Asked if he would make it into the Spain team, Moreno was clear.”I’m sorry, but no,” Moreno said. “Our players are better. I don’t want to disrespect anyone. I think we have a great team.”Now he [Odegaard] is playing in midfield at Real Sociedad and is reaching a high level. He is doing amazingly well.”At the end of the day Norway are a good team and we will have to be effective to get the win.”He is doing well, but there won’t be a plan to stop a specific player. I wouldn’t make a specific plan to stop him or anyone else.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Spartans Shift Up Updated College Football Playoff Predictions Week 12

Alabama 10-121359%66% ▲ 2122% Florida 10-18101932%17% ▼ 5a3% Clemson 11-014660%69% ▲ 2116% Michigan 9-21213157%6% ▲ 21<1% LSU 7-31538120%<1% ▲ 21<1% Utah 8-31337260%<1% ▲ 21<1% Northwestern 9-22021550%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … USC 7-424261033%<1% ▲ 21<1% Iowa 11-05122937%29% ▲ 6a3% Stanford 9-21111952%11% ▲ 212% Oklahoma 10-175163%55% ▲ 1022% North Carolina 10-11781640%11% ▲ 212% Navy 9-116163826%<1% ▲ 21<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 17. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 18; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Florida State 9-21419130%<1% ▲ 21<1% Notre Dame 10-1478—a31% ▲ 216% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Baylor 9-1109216%19% ▲ 217% Oklahoma St. 10-16141420%9% ▼ 162% Wisconsin 8-32531280%<1% ▲ 21<1% Memphis 8-32152490%<1% ▲ 21<1% Houston 10-119284431%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 10-1921747%44% ▲ 336% (But first, a reminder: Our predictions are probabilistic for a reason. There’s a lot we don’t know! With only one year of data to work off, it’s not clear how the playoff committee weighs winning a conference championship against not playing in one, or how it judges a one-loss team in a strong conference versus an undefeated squad from a weak one. We’ll learn a lot more on Dec. 6 when the committee makes its picks.)Clemson and Alabama cruised on Saturday and retain pole position to make the playoff at 69 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Oklahoma sweated out a thrilling TCU comeback and remains the best bet from the Big 12 to make the playoff: The Sooners’ odds have risen to 55 percent. If they can win at Oklahoma State next Saturday, the Sooners make the playoff in 85 percent of our simulations.After that, it’s a pair of Big Ten teams — and things get hairy. Our model now gives Michigan State the inside track to be the fourth team in the playoff (with a 44 percent likelihood). Right behind the Spartans are the Buckeyes, at 33 percent. Luckily for Michigan State, it has a clear path to the playoff: Beat Penn State next week (the Spartans are 80 percent favorites) to wrap up the Big Ten East and then win over Iowa in the conference title game. Should Michigan State win out, our model gives them a 92 percent shot to make the playoff.Ohio State is not out yet, however. The Buckeyes’ path is just much less clear. They first need to beat Michigan at The Big House next week — no easy task, as the Buckeyes are only 58 percent favorites. Then they need the Spartans to lose. In a scenario in which Michigan State does slip up and a one-loss Ohio State team wins out — including over Iowa — the Buckeyes make the playoff in 96 percent of those simulations.But that is not the Buckeyes’ only way to the playoff. Should they win out and be excluded from the Big Ten championship game, they still make the playoff 54 percent of the time. As I explained last week, Ohio State as a one-loss defending national champion presents an impressive résumé for the committee to consider, even if the Buckeyes are prevented from vying for their conference title. It’s possible that two Big Ten teams make the playoff.Other takeaways from our model: Notre Dame, even if it wins out, is not assured a playoff spot. Three teams ranked behind it by the committee — Iowa, Michigan State and Oklahoma — have a good chance to leapfrog the Irish if they win out. Still, if the Irish beat Stanford next week to finish their regular season, their chances jump noticeably, to 69 percent.Baylor notched an impressive win over undefeated Oklahoma State on Saturday, but it didn’t help its playoff chances much. Currently, the Bears’ chances are 19 percent. Florida, on the other hand, had an overtime scare against Florida Atlantic, but despite a Gator victory, the model revised Florida’s playoff odds down to 17 percent. Oregon 8-3236240%<1% ▲ 21<1% TCU 9-2181850%<1% ▼ 5a<1% Mississippi 8-3221779%<1% ▲ 21<1% Ohio State 10-133410%33% ▼ 299% Michigan State kicked a field goal on the last play of its game on Saturday to topple the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes — and made the College Football Playoff picture more complicated. You may have some unanswered questions: What does the upset of the Buckeyes mean for the eventual Big Ten champ’s chances? Does it help or hurt Notre Dame’s playoff position? And what about the Big 12? Fear not! FiveThirtyEight’s college football model has some (probabilistic) answers. Here are our updated projections following Saturday’s games (these numbers will change again on Tuesday night after the new committee rankings are released): read more

Ohio State softball swept by Michigan

Michigan’s offense struck early and often to help the No. 20 Wolverines sweep the Ohio State softball team in a three-game series at Buckeye Field over the weekend. The Wolverines outscored the Buckeyes, 27-11, and out-hit them, 32-16, on the way to three key wins in Big Ten play. Both teams entered the series with a 5-1 record in the conference. Game three was the most tightly contested of the weekend, but it didn’t look that way early as senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott dug herself a hole in the top of the first inning. Endicott threw 60 pitches, walked five batters and gave up four runs before OSU ever had a chance to step to the plate. She credited the Wolverine batters for the length of her first inning. “I just kept attacking them, mixing things up,” Endicott said. “It was a battle and I was just trying to keep them off-balance and throw my game.” Trailing, 4-0, the Buckeyes responded quickly in the bottom of the first. A leadoff single followed by two hit batters loaded the bases with no outs and Evelyn Carrillo took advantage of the opportunity. The sophomore first baseman hit a grand slam over the right field wall to tie the game. Carrillo said she had a good idea of what pitch she would see. “I was expecting change-up all day today because I knew they had gotten me the previous day on a change-up,” she said. “I was like something up, I’m just gonna hit it, and that’s what it was.” The Wolverines added one run in the second and one in the third to make the score 6-4 and the Buckeyes couldn’t overcome the deficit. OSU scored once in the bottom of the fifth on a Michigan error, but that was it as OSU fell, 6-5. Despite the third loss to Michigan in two days, senior shortstop Alicia Herron found some positives in game three. “We came out a lot better the second game in comparison to the first two games,” Herron said. “We played tougher, we made adjustments, we were better at the plate. Overall it was just much better.” In game two, OSU built an early lead, but saw it disappear quickly. The Buckeyes batted through the order in the bottom of the first and took an early 3-1 lead. The Wolverines’ potent offense answered in the top of the second with five runs and never looked back. They added one run in the third, one in the fourth, two in the sixth, one in the seventh and finished the game with 16 hits to defeat the Buckeyes, 11-4. OSU coach Linda Kalafatis said it wasn’t the physical aspect of the game that caused her team problems. “A lot of this was mental and we had some breakdowns,” Kalafatis said. “A great program like Michigan isn’t gonna let you get away with a whole lot.” On Friday, game one started and ended the same way as game two. The Buckeyes scored two in the first inning thanks to a Herron home run, but could not muster another run the rest of the game. Meanwhile, the Wolverines blasted Endicott for nine runs in three innings of work to build a 9-2 lead before tacking on one run in the seventh off freshman pitcher Olivia O’Reilly to post a 10-2 victory. OSU fell to 23-14 on the season and 5-4 in the Big Ten while Michigan improved to 27-10 and 8-1 in the conference. The Buckeyes finish up a six-game homestand Wednesday at 6 p.m. versus Dayton at Buckeye Field. read more

Football Ohio State defense uses momentum to survive in Penn State

Ohio State redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’mont Jones (86) sets up at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter of the game against Penn State on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn No. 4 Ohio State’s 27-26 victory over No. 9 Penn State, there were many moments throughout the game that pushed the defense to its limit.The first three drives of the game all went into Ohio State territory. The fifth drive started at the Ohio State 28-yard line. Redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley found redshirt freshman wide receiver KJ Hamler for a 93-yard score, tied for the longest play against Ohio State in school history.But the Buckeyes slowed McSorley and the Nittany Lions offense just enough to pull out the one-point victory in Happy Valley.Junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper said it’s all part of the game.“We’re tough, our mentality is tough,” Cooper said. “There’s going to be mistakes, you can’t play a perfect game, I mean there’s going to be big plays and everything, it’s just rallying together as a team, as a unit, and realizing that we have to get the job done and just do better.”That is exactly what this Ohio State defense did late in the fourth quarter to slow down the Penn State offense enough to earn the victory.After forcing a fourth down on Penn State’s final drive, sophomore defensive end Chase Young made the game-winning play, breaking through the offensive line and getting to junior running back Miles Sanders in the backfield to seal the game.The Buckeyes defense did much of the same to start the game.While Ohio State’s offense struggled to get anything going in the first half, the defense allowed only six points on Penn State’s first six drives, even with the Nittany Lions getting into Buckeye territory on four of them.The defense also was the major cause of the Buckeyes’ first score, a 26-yard catch by redshirt sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins, made possible by a forced fumble from redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland recovered by redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones.Cooper said it was the defense’s job to step up early on.“You know the saying, defense wins championships,” Cooper said. “Every time something would go wrong or anything would happen on offense or whatever it was, we knew the defense would have to step up.”Even with the victory and some key stops, this was not a textbook game for Ohio State’s defense.The Buckeyes allowed 492 total yards, 461 of which came from McSorley, who broke the Penn State record for all-purpose yards on Saturday.The redshirt senior used a run-pass option to find holes in the defense on numerous occasions, ending the day with 175 yards on the ground.But, when it mattered the most, Ohio State found the stops, kept Penn State out of a scoring position and came up with the victory.Jones said the defense fed on big plays by the offense late.“We feed off their energy and they feed off ours, when someone makes a big play it’s hard not to want to go out there and respond,” Jones said.For a defense still looking for answers without redshirt junior defensive end Nick Bosa, there are sure to be mistakes. But even without its star player, Ohio State’s defense did just enough to pull out a major victory against the No. 9 team in the country. read more

Del Bosque positive over Spains World Cup hopes

first_imgVicente Del Bosque is “positive” that Spain can compete for a second world title in Russia after an unbeaten qualifying campaignThe 2010 World Cup winners won nine and only drew one in their qualifying campaign as they took 28 points from a possible 30, in a group that had contained the likes of Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein.Spain followed up the strong qualifying campaign up with a 1-1 friendly draw with current World champions Germany away from home, before thrashing Argentina 6-1 in March.La Roja are considered to be the third favourites for Russia and Del Bosque, who won the World Cup and European championship during his time in charge of Spain, is confident that they can go all the way.“Let’s see. Spain has done well recently, they did a really good job in the qualifying games with great results, almost a perfect qualification,” he told Omnisport, via FourFourTwo.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“And then we have faced big teams like Germany, France, England, Argentina, Belgium… and we have been better than them. So, that makes me be positive thinking about the future.“There is not any recipe to play the World Cup. The most important thing is to keep doing what we already have done in the last two years.”As for his successor at the national team, Del Bosque added: “I think he [coach Julen Lopetegui] has done a really good job making a really good group. And apart from that, he has done a really good job developing his own style.”Spain will next play Tunisia on Saturday as they continue their preparations for the World Cup.last_img read more

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