Fort St. John to host national speed skating events next February

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John will once again be hosting a major speed skating competition next year.Fresh after hosting the 2017 Masters Allround Games last winter, Speed Skating Canada has announced that Fort St. John will host a pair of national-level competitions. Both the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships and the Canada Cup #3 event will be held simultaneously at the Pomeroy Sport Centre February 2nd – 4th, 2018. Fort St. John previously hosted the Canada Cup in 2014.Speed Skating Canada also unveiled its national competitions calendar for the 2017-18 season in short and long track. Fort St. John is one of two B.C. cities announced that will be hosting a national speed skating competition next season.- Advertisement -The Abbotsford Centre will be the host venue for the Canada West Short Track Championships, March 17th – 18th.last_img read more

Donegal man’s Man Utd collection made club ‘raise an eyebrow’!

first_imgA Donegal man with a Premier League winners’ medal and a collection of memorabilia to rival some museums has had his Milford home become something of a tourist attraction this week.Lifelong Manchester United fanatic Fergus McAteer was featured in the latest edition of Inside United, the club’s official magazine.Fergus, a Kerrykeel native now living in Milford, converted the attic of his home into a Manchester United shrine – ‘Fergie’s Bar’, as it is known. “He’s surrounded by a horde of Red trinketry, paraphernalia and collectibles that could make the United Museum itself raise an eyebrow,” the magazine says.Fergus has quite the stash.He has a programme from every final United have EVER contested – going back to the 1909 FA Cup final, when United won the Cup for the first time.He has managed to bag a collection of personally signed and framed shirts from winning FA Cup final goalscorers. They’re all there: From Norman Whiteside in 1985; Eric Cantona in 1996; right the way up to Jesse Lingard in 2016.“It’s fairly unique,” Fergus modestly told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub this week.“I have a savage amount of memorabilia. The guys in the magazine were taken aback by the scale and the collection. The phone hasn’t stopped since the magazine came out this week.“Cantona was my hero when he came in the 1990s. I got a chance to meet him so that signed jersey is one of my treasured possessions. I have a 1958 shirt too that is framed with an original photo of the ’58 team, which is quite rare.”Possibly his most valued item is the 2007 Premier League winners’ medal. “It cost nothing!” Fergus proudly beams.“At that time, clubs got maybe 50 or 60 medals and you had medals going all over the place to staff and what not. A fella in Manchester that I wheel and deal with came on this; I’m not sure how, but he offered it to me and I wasn’t saying no.”When Fergus got married in 2003, he had in mind a plan to convert a room into a United shrine – and, so, ‘Fergie’s Bar’ was born. It now contains what Fergus describes as ‘significant and iconic’ United memorabilia.Fergie’s Bar is a popular spot for local Reds to watch United games and Fergus is a regular match-goer. The standout memory, for sure, is the 2008 European Cup final in Moscow, when United overcame Chelsea on penalties. “That was pretty special,” he says.Since the departure of Alex Ferguson, United have gone through some choppy waters, but Fergus says Ole Gunnar Solskjær deserves an opportunity to put things right at Old Trafford.“Everyone knows there’s a big job there now,” he says. “There is a project there and he needs the time to mould and build it his way. He needs to get the structure right first of all.”Fergus with Eric CantonaIn 2015, Fergus got the chance to play a charity game at Old Trafford. One of his sons, Johnny, was a mascot. Fergus wore the United number 7 and the captain’s armband, playing alongside the likes of Denis Irwin and Clayton Blackmore.Needless to say, his jersey, armband and boots are hanging proudly in Fergie’s Bar – in a protective glass case, of course!Donegal man’s Man Utd collection made club ‘raise an eyebrow’! was last modified: May 12th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Alex FergusonClayton BlackmoreEric CantonaFergies BarFergus McAteerInside UnitedKERRYKEELManchester UnitedMilfordNorman Whitesideold traffordOle Gunnar Solskjærlast_img read more

Groves splits from promoter Warren

first_imgGeorge Groves has split with promoter Frank Warren and is expected to link up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom.It means the unbeaten Commonwealth super-middleweight champion’s scheduled fight against Mohamed Ali Ndiaye for the vacant European title is off.The pair were due to meet at Wembley Arena on 16 March for the belt recently relinquished by Groves’ bitter rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale.Warren snapped up Groves in 2011.Groves, 24, will continue to be trained and managed by Adam Booth.A statement issued by Frank Warren Promotions confirmed: “Groves has stated that he is not interested in boxing for the EBU title at this moment and would like to take his choice of fights in another direction.“Mr Warren would like to wish George all the best with his career and looks forward to working again with him in the near future.”Hearn also promotes Nottingham’s world champion Carl Froch, who has been touted as a possible future opponent for Groves.See also:Groves links up with promoter WarrenWarren vows to get Groves a world title fightGroves tipped to win world title in 2013Groves confirms move to MatchroomGroves weighs in ahead of Wembley 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Beef herd expanding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The nation’s beef cow herd has started down the path of the largest expansion in 25 years. The last major expansion was from 1990 to 1995 when the herd grew by 10%. The industry had started on a modest expansion in 2005 and 2006, but producers aborted that expansion cycle due to the Southern Plains drought and the start of the high feed-price era late in 2006. Now, with pastures and grassland restored for most of the country and the feeling that feed prices will remain moderate, this expansion is off to a fast start.Beef cow operations began the process of expanding the herd in the last-half of 2014. As of July 1, 2015 the number of beef cows in the country was up 2.5% according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s producer survey. But a more rapid expansion is likely in the coming year according to beef replacement heifer numbers. Beef heifer retention in January of 2015 was reported by USDA to be up 4%. In the recent mid-year cattle update, USDA says that heifer retention is now seven% higher than year ago levels.Early indicators are for a rapid expansion. One way to measure the rate of expansion is to observe the number of beef heifers being retained as a percent of the beef cow herd. In the 1990 to 1995 expansion, that number peaked a bit above 16% and remained at that rate for three years. The mid-year USDA data shows that the current expansion has already accelerated to the 16% rate. While expansion on the new cattle production cycle has launched out of the gate, the question of how long it will persist will be determined over the next two to four years.It is not hard to find explanations for why the current expansion accelerated so rapidly. The beef cow herd had been shrunk by the Southern Plains drought and the high feed-price era. Between 2007 and 2014, national beef cow numbers dropped by 12%, with the Southern Plains, the largest beef cow region, declining 21%.By 2014, per capita beef supplies in the U.S. had shrunk by 17% from 2007 levels. Beef was in short supply and beef and cattle prices responded strongly to the upside. Nebraska finished cattle traded above $160 per hundredweight for the period from October 2014 to May 2015. More importantly to cow/calf producers, calf prices were also at record highs. Steer calves at Oklahoma City weighting 500 to 550 pounds had monthly average prices above $275 per hundredweight for the months from October 2014 to June 2015. Ultimately, abundant grass, low feed prices, record cattle prices, and a rosy outlook combined to entice producers into expansion.The heavy retention of heifers in the last year is one of the factors that reduced beef supplies and led to record high beef prices. Beef supplies were down about 6% in the last-half of 2014 and about 4% in the first-half of 2015. However, beef supplies are expected to shift toward growth in the second-half of this year with a 1% increase and by a more significant 4% in 2016.Higher beef supplies in coming months and the sharp increase in pork and chicken supplies likely mean that peak beef prices on this cycle have already passed. Peak monthly prices may have occurred in November 2014 when finished cattle prices averaged $170 per hundredweight and 500 to 550 pound Oklahoma City steer calves averaged $303.Finished cattle prices dropped below year-earlier prices in late-June and continued to drop to $145 by the end of July. Decreasing prices from early spring into the end of summer is the normal seasonal pattern, but the drop in prices has been larger this year, falling from a spring high of $167 in early April.Futures markets have been surprisingly negative. Using futures to forecast forward finished cattle prices suggest that prices will recover back into the very low $150s by late in the year, average in the higher $140s in the first quarter of 2016, and average in the mid $140s in the second quarter of 2016. Prices are then expected to fall to the lower $140s by the summer of 2016 under the pressure of growing beef supplies.Obviously, lower finished cattle prices over the coming year will put pressure on calf prices as well. Overall, calf prices are expected to continue to provide profitable returns for cow/calf operations in 2016. However, the profit stimulus to expand cow numbers is not likely to be nearly as strong as it was in the past 12 months. For these reasons, the rapid movement toward beef cow expansion that has been experienced in the past 12 months will likely slow. This means the rapid rate of heifer retention may not continue through 2016. If so, the multi-year persistence of expansion experienced during 1990 to 1995 will likely be shorter for this cycle.last_img read more