WalMart Canada is teaming up with the Salvation Army to provide a little extra Christmas change.On Dec. 23, the company will match all in-store donations across Canada to the Sally Anne’s Christmas Kettle Campaign up to $100,000.- Advertisement -In Fort St. John, officials from the local not-for-profit organization are excited to add Walmart’s donation to its Christmas target.The kettle at the local WalMart can bring in $1,000 on a good day, which would mean the organization could receive $2,000 with the added donation, says Captain Ben Lippers with the Fort St. John Salvation Army.Despite being slightly behind in general donations before it began, Lippers says, overall, the Christmas Campaign has been going well, raising more money than the same time last year.The organization is trying to raise $200,000 to help make up for the fewer general donations throughout the year. With only days left until Christmas, it has already raised $155,000 – $52,000 of which was raised through the kettle campaign.Advertisement As for the food and toy drives, Lippers says the donations have poured in.[asset|aid=3380|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=94074c00222dbb7a45057af07e8aecd4-Lippers Christmas Campaign _1_Pub.mp3] The Salvation Army will also be holding a turkey lunch for anyone in the community who wishes to attend. It will be held starting at 12 p.m. at the Salvation Army on 100 Ave.
0Shares0000Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne will be a hard act to replace, admitted Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after it was announced he would be out for up to three months © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACEManchester, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Pep Guardiola has suggested post-World Cup fatigue could have been a factor in the knee injury that has ruled out Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne for around three months.De Bruyne only returned to training at City last week, having had a break after helping Belgium finish third in Russia in July. He played for the final 30 minutes last Sunday as Guardiola’s side began their Premier League title defence with a 2-0 victory at Arsenal.However, the midfielder then suffered a knee injury in training on Wednesday, and was spotted on crutches that night at the premiere of ‘All Or Nothing’, a documentary that features behind-the-scenes footage of City’s title victory.Guardiola expects De Bruyne to be fit again by the beginning of December, but acknowledges City will have a tough task dealing with his absence, just as they did when a knee injury ruled out left-back Benjamin Mendy for virtually the whole of last season.“We never know. My opinion is that when you ask a lot of the players, over more than 11 months, then after he comes back, this (injury) can happen,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.“Nobody knows, but I’m pretty sure this can influence it. When you are fresh here, fresh on your legs, it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it can.“It will be two or three months. We hope he can do as much as possible to get back and help us again.“It will be a big miss like last season with Mendy. Last season, Kevin was outstanding and of course for him and his family, you never want this.“It’s part of the game for the players –- it’s normal, they don’t rest. It’s a tough season, with short recovery times. They (the football authorities) say ‘let’s go’ and we are in the competition.“Human beings have a limit and sometimes these things happen.“My advice to him now is to rest, take the holidays he didn’t get in these two or three weeks, do it now. Then he’ll start training and we’ll be waiting for him with big arms.”– ‘Right moment’ –De Bruyne’s absence is set to give David Silva more opportunities to impress, with the Spain playmaker free to commit himself to club duties after announcing his international retirement on Monday.Silva missed several matches last season to spend time with his son Mateo, who was seriously ill in hospital after being born prematurely.Mateo was allowed to leave hospital in May, five months after being born, and his now recovering well.“I’m glad for him. If he has decided to do that, it is because he feels it is the right moment. Congratulations to him,” Guardiola said.“He has played more than 100 games, winning two European Championships and one World Cup. He is one of the most fascinating, incredible players in the whole history of Spain.“He decided. No one at Man City, and not myself, pushed him. The player has to feel it. He decided to rest a little bit more with his wife and his little boy, and play with us.”City are waiting to hear from Tottenham about where their Premier League match in London, scheduled for October 28, might be played.White Hart Lane will not be ready, as it is still being rebuilt, and Wembley is hosting an NFL match that day.Asked if City might reverse the fixtures, and switch October’s game to the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola said: “I don’t know — I can only say, if that happened, then four of our final five matches of the season would be away.“I think when you are maybe playing for the Premier League, four games away is a little bit different.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Paul Sprawl returned to Arcosanti to provide musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening. Other entertainment highlights were music by David Whitley and a Fire performance by Flam Chen. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] The event took place in the lovely setting of the Colly Soleri Music Center. A report on the Arco Team follows on 6/3. [Photo & text: sa] June 2, 2005 The 5th Annual POETRY SLAM was organized by Jewel Blackfeather and Ira Murfin, and once again with Grandmaster Dan Seaman in charge of the microphone. The competition was fast and furious, with some of the most intense poetry. Team X-Hosts from Mesa, team Mesa National, team Hang-over Express from Phoenix, team Loose Nuts from Phoenix, team Justice League from Phoenix, team Tucson, Prescott, team Flag Slam from Flagstaff, team NORAZ and the Arcosanti team competed for bragging rights and a trophy poured in bronze during a night pour in the Arcosanti Foundry on this same day. [Photo & text: sa] The audience was treated to a very funny Comedy Improv Feature by the Worlds Greatest Shakespeare Company. [Photo & text: sa]
Germany’s migration from the DVB-T digital-terrestrial TV standard to the more modern DVB-T2 format provided a bonanza for set-top box sales in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures released by consumer electronics industry association the GFU.According to the outfit’s Hemix home electronics market index for the two quarters to June, the value of set-top box sales jumped by 255% to €349 million, while the volume of boxes sold grew by 172% to 3.4 million.The number of TV sets sold meanwhile grew by 3.4% to 3.4 million, while the value of TV sets sold grew by 3.1%.In addition to the switch from DVB-T to DVB-T2, sales of boxes and TV sets was boosted by the shutting down of analogue cable transmissions in three Federal states.Overall, Germanys’ consumer electronics market saw sales growth of 2.4% in the first half to €12.5 billion.Other categories of CE goods had mixed fortunes over the same period. Videogame consoles saw sales rise by 43.6% in value terms and by 53.7% in unit terms, while audio and video accessories saw sales grow by 21.2% in value terms. Smartphone sales increased by 3.9% in value terms, while the number of units shipped declined by 3.4%. Wearables saw sales grow by 32.9% in value terms, and by 19.6% in units.The value of digital camera sales grew by 4%, despite a decline in the number of units sold of 16%.Sales of PCs continue to decline sharply, by 10% in value terms.