City passes 2010 financial audit

first_imgA clean audit report was given to the city of Fort St. John for last year’s financial records.Some of the main findings of the report showed a decrease in cash the city had on-hand. This decrease was due to the fact that the city had applied for grants for projects it may have paid for and completed last year, but the money was not received until 2011.- Advertisement -The auditors also pointed out a small reduction – slightly more than $600,000 – in the City’s long-term debt.One new item was included in the 2010 report. Last year’s audit included the City’s tangible capital assets, for which municipalities are now required to account. The audit showed that Fort St. John is facing an infrastructure deficit of almost $79 million.City Manager Dianne Hunter says the deficit is due to the fact that the city has many items, like sewers, that have surpassed their life expectancies and require replacing. Since many municipalities, including Fort St. John, had never quantified tangible capital assets, they were never fully considered in a budget. Hunter says City Council will now have to address the deficit through policy.A closed council meeting was conducted before the information was released to the public. New requirements under the Canadian Audit Standards, which were recently adopted, mean a city council is required to approve an audit in draft form before it is presented to the public.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Authorities investigating break and enter

first_imgAnyone with any information on the incident is encouraged to contact the local RCMP detachment at 250-787-8107. A break and enter is currently being investigated by Fort St. John RCMP.On Monday, Aug. 22, local RCMP responded to a break and enter call at 89 St. in the Mathews Park area of the city.- Advertisement -According to authorities, a home owner returned home at approximately noon, when they heard someone inside their home and proceeded to call the police. Upon arrival, RCMP determined that a break and enter had occurred, as items were missing from the house.RCMP and the homeowner are still trying to determine what was taken from the home.General police as well as a service dog proceeded to canvas the neighbourhood, but were unable to locate a suspect at the time. Authorities also believe that a vehicle was involved in the incident.The RCMP forensic team also examined the crime scene and the incident is still under investigation.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mayor makes history

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS – Persians who celebrated their new year last week will mark an even bigger occasion tonight, when Jimmy Jamshid Delshad is sworn in as Beverly Hills mayor, becoming America’s highest elected Iranian-American official. More than 1,000 people are expected for Delshad’s inauguration, which because of the anticipated crush has been moved from the council chambers to Crescent Drive, adjoining City Hall. “There’s a phenomenal feeling of pride in the Persian community around the world,” Delshad, 67, said. “People are gratified something good is coming into the news after all the negative and all the tensions between Iran and the United States. “Persians are calling it the greatest new year’s gift we’ve had in years.” Delshad’s victory, by just 171 votes, came after a divisive campaign that heightened simmering ethnic tensions in Beverly Hills, which became the destination for many wealthy Iranians fleeing their country after the 1979 fall of the Shah. Many longtime residents complained, for example, that the ballot was printed not only in English but in oversize Farsi, the language spoken by Iranians. As a result, the city has activated its emergency operation center to address any “potential issues” that arise in conjunction with tonight’s inauguration. Here to stay Delshad said the campaign revived suspicions and animosities that had simmered for a generation in Beverly Hills, where Iranian-Americans comprise an estimated 8,000 of the city’s 35,000 residents – although longtime residents insist the number is much higher. “I would not call it `resistance’ (to the presence of Iranian-Americans), but more of a fear of the unknown,” he said. “`What is it they’re here to do? When are they going back or are they staying here? What are they going to do? Are they going to change our language?’ “My job is to make (non-Iranians) aware that the people who are here in Beverly Hills are here to stay. They are just as American as the other people and, in fact, sometimes they are better Americans because they (have been) selective. They’ve chosen to be an American. They weren’t just born here, but it was a choice.” Delshad was first elected to the City Council four years ago – a fact that Beverly Hills Weekly publisher Josh Gross believes was even more significant than his inauguration as mayor, a position that rotates among council members based on seniority. “There’s some people (in Beverly Hills) talking about it, but not as much as the media outside Beverly Hills,” Gross said. “On the council, Jimmy has voted and acted like the rest of the council members. He’s not a Persian radical. In the recent election, we actually had three Persian candidates. They had different opinions on issues. They weren’t that close. And they didn’t run as a bloc.” According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Iranian American Council, Delshad becomes the highest-ranking Iranian-American elected official in the country. Iraj Broomand was the first Iranian-American to serve as mayor of a U.S. city, winning election to the Westlake Village City Council in 1997 and subsequently serving as that city’s mayor. For Delshad, being an elected official has meant being a kind of ambassador, a go-between for the traditionally insular Persian community and non-Persian Americans – a role he has been playing since immigrating to the United States in 1959. Delshad earned a degree from California State University, Northridge, launched his own successful computer storage business and moved to Beverly Hills with his wife, Ilana – who is not Iranian – so their two children could enroll in the city’s high-performing schools. Having already been in the U.S. for more than 20 years when Iranian immigrants began settling in Beverly Hills, Delshad could see changing social dynamics. “I saw how we were intimidating to others by creating the impression we were here temporarily, that we were rich and didn’t need you, that we selected separation,” said Delshad, who changed his first name from Jamshid to Jimmy when he became a U.S. citizen. `Persian Palaces’ When he ran for City Council four years ago, he became the first elected representative of a community that had largely disdained participation in many of the city’s civic, cultural and educational activities. Except for ethnically motivated incidents in schools, those hostilities rarely surfaced in a community best known for its shopping district along Rodeo Drive. Then longtime residents pressed the council for an ordinance prohibiting the building of extravagant white-pillared mansions that locals call “Persian palaces.” “When difficulty building homes in Beverly Hills with too much of a certain style came up, I wanted to find out what we could do,” Delshad said. “I sought out to be a bridge. I wanted to create a bridge between the different communities. That’s (been) my role in life.” Just as he has been explaining to council colleagues the cultural need for large homes – three generations often live under one roof – Delshad said he has also tried to broaden the views of Iranian-Americans, encouraging them to become involved in city affairs and to register to vote. Four years ago, at the start of Delshad’s first council campaign, only 1,500 of the Iranian-Americans in Beverly Hills were registered to vote. “In Iran, if you were on a list it was generally not good,” Delshad said. “It doesn’t matter what the list was because somebody would misuse that list. There was that fear.” Delshad said he will continue to work as an ambassador between the two communities. His first priority will be returning the city’s election ballot to its original form, with Farsi either eliminated or reduced in size. In winning one of two at-large council seats, he defeated Steve Webb, who had just served as mayor. Nancy Krasne was the top vote-getter in the March 6 election, but Delshad has more seniority, so the honor goes to him. “I took the Persian issue and I used it in a positive way,” said Delshad, looking back at the election. “That is the way we do things here in America. I’m a poster child for that. As a Jewish youngster in Iran, I was a second-class citizen and kept running into closed doors. “Here in America, I am the mayor of Beverly Hills.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Northeastern school districts receive funding for skills training

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A $12,000 allocation of funding through the Skills Training Access Grant will provide students in School District 60, School District 81 and Chalo School in Fort Nelson with more opportunity training, the B.C. Government says.According to a press release, School District 60 and School District 81 are each receiving $5,000, and Chalo School is receiving $2,000.The program is expanding this year to include the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector, such as coding, and to make all school districts and independent schools – not just rural districts – eligible to apply.- Advertisement -Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said our government is ‘working to ensure that British Columbians will be ready to participate in a strong LNG economy’ by providing skills training opportunities for in-demand jobs locally.The grants can be used for the 2015-16 school year to help pay for relocating students to communities with greater training opportunities, room and board, bringing a mobile training unit, operating skills training-specific classes, and transportation.The B.C. Government says almost 560 students have benefited from these grants to date. They were launched in March 2015.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Manchester United 2016/17 pre-season friendlies: Who will the Red Devils face?

first_img Saturday, July 16: Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium – Kick off – 1.30pm – Click the arrow, right, to see who else Manchester United will face in their pre-season friendlies … – Mourinho will kick off his Manchester United tenure against League 1 champions Wigan at the DW Stadium. The game comes the week before the Red Devils jet off to Asia for their pre-season tour. The game will likely feature more of the youngsters and the players not at Euro 2016. 6 Friday: July 22: Borussia Dortmund at Shanghai Stadium – Kick off – 1pm (BST) – Manchester United’s first test ahead of the new season comes against Bundesliga giants Dortmund, who are going through a similar rebuild to the Red Devils. Six new signings, so far, could turn out for the Germans, who have lost Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, may well face Dortmund as a Man United player, if his proposed transfer goes through. 6 6 6 Jose Mourinho has arrived at Manchester United and begun working on turning them back into Premier League title challengers for the 2016/17 season.Already, the Portuguese has moved to sign Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to follow.And soon Man United fans will be able to see them wearing the red jersey in the flesh as they trot off on their pre-season tour.But who are the Red Devils coming up against this summer? Click the right arrow above to find out all the details.TAKE A LOOK AT THE FULL PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURE LIST HERE 6 6 Wednesday, August 3: Everton at Old Trafford – Kick off – 8pm (BST) – It may be Wayne Rooney’s testimonial but we reckon most of the players will be taking this fairly seriously just a week and a half ahead of the new campaign. It could also see Juan Mata taking part – but in a blue shirt, if recent rumours are to be believed. Saturday, July 30: Galatasaray at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg – Kick off – 6:30pm (BST) – It’s probably not surprising Manchester United will be playing a friendly in Sweden this summer after completing the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The superstar, we reckon, could well make his bow here against Turkish side Galatasaray in the second largest city in his homeland. Sunday, August 7: Leicester City at Wembley – Kick Off – 4pm (BST) – It’s the classic English curtain raiser, with FA Cup winners Man United tackling the Premier League champions. Can the Foxes cope with being the team to beat? The Community Shield will be our first chance to see and the Red Devils get the chance to win the contest for the 21st time (although four of them were shared). Monday, July 25: Manchester City at Beijing National Stadium – Kick off – 12:30pm (BST) – You might have to take a well-placed lunch break here so you can witness a Manchester derby on foreign soil. It will also see new managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola face off against each other for the first time since August 2013, when Bayern Munich won on penalties in Prague. last_img read more

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DONEGAL COMPANY IS HELPING FARMERS TO LEAVE THIEVES ‘TRAILING’

first_imgPictured with Bobby Patterson collecting his new trailer are Davy Keith, IFA Development Officer, PJ McMonigle, IFA County Chairman, Sgt Paul Wallace and Stephen Temple, Temple Trailers. Photo Clive WassonA local company is helping farmers to beat the scourge of trailer thefts on their farms.Raphoe based firm Temple Trailers has teamed up with the Donegal IFA and An Garda Siochana in a crime prevention initiative to better protect farmers and their property.The joint scheme, which has been running successfully for 2 years in Donegal involves farmers marking their equipment such as trailers, tractors, quads and tools, etc, with a unique identifier number. This number is stencilled onto the equipment to warn thieves that their property is marked as well as being marked indelibly into the metal and also marked secretly in other ways.Temple Trailers will now be offering a service for IFA members that means if they buy a trailer from them they will mark the trailer with their IFA identifier code before the farmer collects it.Local Crime Prevention Officer Sgt. Paul Wallace praised the firm for their assistance.He said “It is important that local communities take an active part in reducing the vulnerability of local people in any way they can and I applaud Temple Trailers for their foresight. This will be a valuable service for local famers and is another tool in the prevention of theft.” Local IFA County Chairman PJ McMonagle welcomed the service.He said “Temple Trailers are a very important local business for the farming community and it is great to see them take the lead in protecting their customers. Stephen and Austin have always provided a great service for farmers and this is another example of how we can all work together and try to deter thieves who are always very active on farmyards.”DONEGAL COMPANY IS HELPING FARMERS TO LEAVE THIEVES ‘TRAILING’ was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 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:donegalGardaiRaphoeTEMPLE TRAILERSthieveslast_img read more

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Aston Villa owner Tony Xia to sell stake as he looks to save cash-strapped club

first_img 3 Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is preparing to sell a stake in the club as he looks to save the cash-strapped Villans.The Chinese businessman wants a cash injection with Villa in need of £40million to comply with Financial Fair Play. Leicester were interested but made James Maddison their first choice and are expected to complete a £24million move for the Norwich man.Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester could also leave as Villa cut costs following last month’s 1-0 Sky Bet Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham.Aston Villa insist they will NOT sell Jack Grealish on the cheap despite financial woes Villa missed a £4million tax payment earlier this month and another is due at the end of the week.Documents on Companies House show Villa will allow shares to be sold and a restriction on their sale has been lifted.Details on Villa’s parent company, the Recon Group, confirm Xia now has the legal power to create additional shares and potentially sell a stake in the club.Xia is the only director of the Recon Group at Companies House and the documents show he has the right to allot and sell shares.Xia is likely to be searching for investment from China, although there have been at least three groups interested in Villa since they failed to earn promotion.Selling the club is a last resort for Xia, who bought Villa for £76million in 2016, and he is determined to hang on to power. He fell out with former chief executive Keith Wyness this month – first suspending him and then sacking him – after becoming unhappy Wyness was looking into options to safeguard the club’s financial future.Wyness is now suing Villa for constructive dismissal and they could be forced to pay over £6million if he wins.Villa are also due to meet with EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey soon with the league ready to offer what assistance it can.Young Villans star Jack Grealish is likely to be sold to raise funds although the club are yet to receive an acceptable offer for a player they were hoping to get over £30million for. Tony Xia bought Villa for £76million in 2016 3 Villa may have to sell star man Grealish this summer 3last_img read more

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GARDAI RULE OUT FOUL PLAY IN FALCARRAGH DEATH

first_imgGardai have ruled out foul play in what was thought to be the suspicious death of a man in Falcarragh.The body of the man, who was in his 60s, was found outside his home on Friday night.A pathologist examined the body yesterday and carried out a post mortem. However a Garda spokesman had now confirmed that foul play has been ruled out. GARDAI RULE OUT FOUL PLAY IN FALCARRAGH DEATH was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 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:deathFalcarraghGardailast_img read more

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MET EIREANN ISSUES SERIOUS ‘ORANGE ALERT’ WARNING AS WEATHER DETERIORATES

first_imgMET Eireann has issued an urgent Orange Alert weather warning for Donegal and western counties.It applies from 11am today – and will continue until early on Monday.The warning comes after a similar warning from Donegal County Council yesterday. Gardaí say driving conditions today are “appalling” as the county is hit with torrential downpours, driven by strong winds.Officers have already dealt with a traffic collision this morning outside Letterkenny.ESB is warning customers that supplies could be hit in the high winds later today. There are already widespread power cuts hitting, with homes in Sligo and Galway affected.If you have updates, please send them to info@donegaldaily.com. The full STATUS ORANGE alert is here:Wind Warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry and LimerickThere will be some extremely windy, blustery conditions at times during the rest of this weekend, with winds gusting between 100 and 130 km/h at times – highest in coastal areas. The wind direction will be mainly southwest to westerly, but will be southerly for a time later tonight. An additional hazard will be high seas and waves, which will be highest during Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. Occasional heavy, squally, thundery downpours of rain will occur at times too. Some flooding is possible also.Issued:Saturday 25 January 2014 10:00Valid:Saturday 25 January 2014 11:00 to Monday 27 January 2014 09:00 STATUS ORANGE – Weather Warning – Be PreparedThis category of ORANGE level weather warnings is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas. The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.MET EIREANN ISSUES SERIOUS ‘ORANGE ALERT’ WARNING AS WEATHER DETERIORATES was last modified: January 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalorange alertweather warninglast_img read more

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Week 6 power rankings: Raiders at No. 31, 49ers No. 32

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Sizing up the NFL as Week 6 begins (Hint if you’re a fan of Bay Area teams, you’ll have to look at this upside down):1. Kansas City (5-0)Can we just fast forward to Nov. 19 when the Chiefs face the Rams in Mexico City? In the meantime, can Pat Mahomes win on Tom Brady’s turf? Last week: 1 Next: at New England2. L.A. Rams (5-0)Rams …last_img

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