first_imgBe staff The next sale is scheduled for April 21 and will offer 30 parcels covering more than 27,000 hectares. The Province raked-in more than $13 million in bonus bids, for the March Oil and Gas land-rights sale.- Advertisement -That’s slightly down from last year’s sale, which generated almost $15 million.Wednesday’s sale offered 77 parcels in northeast B.C., covering 25,171 hectares, and sold 66 parcels covering 18,736 hectares. The average price per hectare for this sale was approximately $715.Included in the sale are four leases for deep-drilling rights in the Blair Creek area, around 105 km northwest of Fort St. John. Bids ranged between roughly $4,000 and $7,000 per hectare, for a total of nearly $6.1 million.Also, two leases were awarded in the eastern portion of the Horn River Basin, about 70 km northeast of Fort Nelson totaling nearly $1.1 million.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin credits his wife Camille in helping him revive his flagging career and popularity with the fans at Everton © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 10 – France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin says his wife Camille helped him revive his career at Premier League side Everton after his popularity with the fans plumbed the depths last season.The 28-year-old — who joined Everton from Manchester United in 2017 for a reported £20 million ($25.8 million) — became a focal point for fans’ anger as despite millions being spent under manager Ronald Koeman they failed to spark. However, Schneiderlin — who had flourished under Koeman at his first English club, Southampton — told The Times on Monday that Camille gave him some sound advice after he was roundly booed by the Everton fans when he was sent on as a substitute against Crystal Palace in February this year.His image with them had been tarnished by a nightmare few days in November.He was sent off in a Europa League match with Lyon and then dropped for the following game against Watford by interim manager David Unsworth, who had filled the breach when Koeman was sacked, with rumours that he had walked off the training ground in a huff when he was omitted from the matchday squad.“My wife is very supportive of me,” Schneiderlin said.“She said: ‘You have to show them who you are.’“Maybe it was a time to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Why? Why did this happen?’.”Schneiderlin, capped 15 times, said it helped him also talking to his inner circle as they pulled no punches either.“As well as my wife, I had a long chat with my best friends, my parents, my agent,” he said.“They are not the type of guys who say, ‘Oh Morgan, you are the most beautiful. Oh Morgan, you are the best.’“They say (honest) things to me. I agreed with them. I didn’t have the best season.”Schneiderlin, who has one assist to his name this season in three league appearances after having none to his credit last term in 30 matches, says the fans wrongly gained the impression that he was not dedicated to the club.“It eats me like crazy because the most frustrating thing is that image is not myself,” he said.“I am an honest guy who works very, very hard.“I can have a bad game, or a bad performance, but putting that on me that I don’t give a shit, I don’t care — that is not who I am.”Schneiderlin, who began his professional career at French outfit Strasbourg before then second-tier side Southampton purchased him in 2008, says he feels comfortable with current Everton manager Marco Silva.“I knew I had to work twice, maybe three times as hard as anyone else because I knew some people and some fans would see me in a different way,” he said.“That is what I said to the manager. I said I was prepared to do that and that was what I have done.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img1 Simon Mignolet has no desire to be Liverpool’s hero in the Europa League final despite earning praise from former Reds goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.The Merseysiders will be aiming to secure a first European triumph since their famous Champions League win over AC Milan in 2005 where, after coming back from 3-0 down, Dudek was the star in the penalty shoot-out.The former Poland international, who replicated Bruce Grobbelaar’s ‘spaghetti legs’ for the penalties, stopped efforts from Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko having also denied the Ukrainian with a memorable double-save in extra time.Dudek last week hailed the current Liverpool goalkeeper but Mignolet wants to avoid the spotlight in Basle against defending champions Sevilla on Wednesday.He said: “I know Dudek spoke well about me. I want to thank him for that as he was one of my heroes when I was younger because of what he did in that Champions League final.“One thing I’d like to make clear is that I don’t want to be a hero in the final, I don’t think it’s important for any individual to do that.“Of course people will decide games like any other but what is most important to me is that we win the final. It doesn’t matter in what kind of way.“Winning the final is all important. Being the hero doesn’t make any difference to me.“It can go to extra time and penalties and then of course I would get the chance to help the team and be decisive but hopefully we can win it inside 90 minutes.”Mignolet watched Dudek’s 2005 heroics in the garden of the family home and they have stuck with him ever since.If it does come down to penalties, however, there will be no antics from the straight-laced Belgian.“Dudek didn’t only make great saves in the shoot-out but he made a few before that,” he added.“The final could have been finished before penalties but for his double save from Shevchenko and then he put the strikers off in the shoot-out and delivered for his team.“I’ve seen what Grobbelaar did against Roma too but I don’t think I’ve got the shaky legs!“There is so much pressure on the penalty taker so I suppose anything that puts him off will help.”READ MORE: Jerzy Dudek – Having ‘passionate and enthusiastic’ Jurgen Klopp as manager is a big advantage for Liverpool Simon Mignolet is expected to be in between the sticks for Liverpool in the Europa League final last_img read more

first_imgPAUL Durcan has spoken about his ambitions for an All-Ireland for Donegal to add to his two Ulster SFC medals.This week he has been put under the spotlight by the official website Some goalkeepers prefer to play outfield. What are your outfield credentials? A: I played outfield for the club at underage all the way through the ranks and only started playing in goals when I was 15 or 16. I also played outfield for the club (Four Masters) last year, but when we lost our ‘keeper – he transferred this year – I moved back between the posts. I played at full-forward and I was taking the frees.Some people would my playing in goals is down to laziness! But I always admired guys like Shay Given, Packie Bonner and Gary Walsh (former Donegal goalkeeper). I always liked it. My two older brothers used to stick me in goals when we were young so it kind of stuck.Q: What’s the best or most important save you’ve ever made in your career?A: I suppose it was this year against Tyrone in the last minute of the Ulster semi-final. We were three points up and it was practically the last kick of the game. I went low to my left to stop Martin Penrose’s shot and deflected it out off the post for a 65. I think that save probably got us through to the Ulster final. Q: Donegal have changed their style drastically in recent years, but have you been forced to adapt your game too?A: You do adapt your game in ways. The main thing for a goalkeeper is the kick-outs and winning primary possession off them. You do adapt and it’s always in your head how you’re going to do it and how you are going to win the kick-outs.Q: If you could play an All-Ireland final or Ulster final in any stadium outside of Ireland, what stadium would you choose?A: I’ve always liked the stadium in New York, Meadowlands, the home of the New York Jets. I like American Football and watch it as much as I can, as I do most sports.Q: Some big soccer games have been settled on penalty shoot-outs this summer. If there were penalties in Gaelic Games and the All-Ireland final ended in a draw, would you volunteer to take one? A: Ah yeah. If the boys out the field didn’t want to take them then I’d definitely step up and take one. There are players on the team that can stick them past me any day so it would depend. I would think that I would have the confidence to step up and take one.Q: What’s the greatest game you’ve been to in any sport?A: It would have to be the Donegal-Dublin All-Ireland final in 1992. I was nine at the time and I still remember bits and pieces of it. It was a real thrill, sitting in the old Cusack Stand with my father. It was unbelievable. I remember the celebrations then back in Donegal Town on the Monday. I was up until all hours, but that was special so I was allowed to stay up beyond my bedtime.Q: What’s the most enjoyable game you’ve ever played in? A: I always love playing for Donegal, but apart from that I always really enjoyed playing college football. I loved playing in the Sigerson Cup (with Sligo IT), the speed of it was just something that I enjoyed.But I remember playing a Ryan Cup final against UCD in Longford in the middle of winter. It was a bad day but it was one of the best games I’ve ever seen or been involved in.Q: Have you ever shown any ability in another sport and would you like to have pursued it?A: I played a lot of soccer and basketball at school. I was a schoolboy soccer international. I have four caps for Ireland as a goalkeeper. I played for Finn Harps and made it to the bench for the first team. Growing up, Gary Walsh would have been a hero of mine and I was lucky enough to train with Packie Bonner a few times. He was a great ‘keeper and there were a few other guys in my area that played at a high level as goalkeepers. It was when I went to college that I stopped playing soccer and focused on the Gaelic football, when I was 20, 21. I enjoyed soccer but I was always going to focus on Gaelic football.Q: Who’s the most famous sportsperson you’ve ever met?A: Shay Given or Packie Bonner.Q: If you could revisit any moment in your career and change what happened, what moment would you choose?A: I remember a game against Tyrone in the Ulster championship in 2007 (Ulster semi-final) when I gave away a bad goal. If I could go back, I’d definitely change that. I gave away a penalty for throwing the ball in the square and they scored from it.Courtesy of – Nothing Beats Being There – get your tickets from your club, at Centra stores or at www.gaa.ieCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER: TEN QUESTIONS WITH DONEGAL KEEPER PAUL DURCAN was last modified: August 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: TEN QUESTIONS WITH DONEGAL KEEPER PAUL DURCANwww.gaa.ielast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supporting proposed improvements to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and noting the importance of the program for both the environment and domestic and global food security.“NFU appreciates USDA’s work to improve the efficacy of CRP and stands ready to provide any support or assistance that would be helpful to the program,” Johnson said. “The CRP program not only benefits the environment, but it also adds substantially to U.S. and international food security by safeguarding land that can be used in emergency circumstances.”Johnson highlighted changes that USDA has proposed to improve the program, including the inclusion of an “infeasible to farm” provision and the allowance of farmers to transfer land from CRP to the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) without penalty.“The inclusion of an “infeasible to farm” provision will allow farmers to enroll an entire field as long as at least 75 percent of the field qualifies,” Johnson said. “Also, allowing farmers to transfer land from CRP to ACEP without penalty gives participating producers more freedom to utilize the conservation program that best suits their land. These changes strengthen the program by opening it up to more farmers, allowing USDA to secure the best conservation results possible.”Johnson also affirmed NFU’s longtime support for conservation programs. “Family farmers and ranchers have historically been our best soil and water conservationists when given the economic incentive and flexibility necessary to do so,” he said. “NFU supports the objectives of the conservation plan being used to reduce and control wind and water erosion, prevent non-point source pollution, and enhance the soil and water capacities of the land.”last_img read more