Get rid! One player each Premier League club should sell this summer

first_img 20 Liverpool: Mario Balotelli – It was a gamble from the Reds when they signed him for £16m in 2014, and it backfired spectacularly. He spent the season on loan at former side AC Milan but made the pitch for just 828 minutes, scoring one goal and making one assist. Everton: Oumar Niasse – Remember that guy the Toffees signed for £13.5m in January? We had to think a bit too. He made seven appearances across all competitions as he provided back up for Romelu Lukaku but managed no goals, just two shots on target, one dribble and just 50 passes. We wonder if Roberto Martinez handed the receipt on to Ronald Koeman. West Bromwich Albion: Sebastien Pocognoli – Left out in the cold by Tony Pulis, the Belgian left-back didn’t make a single Premier League appearance last year. It will be best for both parties if he moves on this summer. 20 Tottenham Hotspur: Michel Vorm – Signed to compete with Hugo Lloris, the Dutchman has failed to hold down a role even as a back up. France No.1 Lloris, rather than being rested for cup matches, had to play all but six matches last year. Vorm is also prone to an error and, for that reason, strikes fear into the hearts of most supporters. Hull City: Dusan Kuciak – The Slovakian goalkeeper was signed in February to add depth to the Hull City squad but hasn’t played a single minute for the club. It would be better for the Tigers to bring through a home-grown star or a young British goalkeeper as their No.3. 20 Chelsea: Pedro – Blasted for his poor displays since a move from Barcelona, not many Blues fans would be heartbroken if he left after just one season. He appears a shadow of the player who starred for Barcelona. 20 20 Crystal Palace: Zeki Fryers – Once the subject of a transfer dispute between Manchester United and Tottenham, Fryers’ career has been in a tailspin ever since. The fact Daniel Levy got a reported £3m from the Eagles for the defender is truly astonishing. 20 20 20 Stoke City: Charlie Adam – As Mark Hughes helps the Potters evolve, the likes of Adam will be moved on. Just one goal and one assist last season prove he’s on the wane. Swansea City: Marvin Emnes – A transfer likely to be filed under head scratcher for some time. After one good season in six for Middlesbrough, the Swans landed him as a back up striker. In two seasons, though, he’s managed just three goals and 24 performances. 20 20 20 Manchester City: Yaya Toure – The Ivorian star was once a midfield colossus for the Blues but now is fraction of his former self, hobbling through matches and offering little in the way of effort. He clearly wants out of the Etihad Stadium, especially with Pep Guardiola incoming, so it will be best if Toure is sold on, even if it is for a nominal fee. Southampton: Florin Gardos – Romanian centre-back Gardos has had a long-term injury but may be surplus to requirements now given the Saints’ growth. He and Maya Yoshida, realistically, need to be upgraded. 20 20 Middlesbrough: Mustapha Carayol – Carayol, who has been with the club since 2012, has had loan spells with Brighton and Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Leeds United recently and seems unlikely to make an impact for Boro next year. Burnley: Michael Kightly – Long before the rise of Jamie Vardy, Kightly was hailed the non-league Ryan Giggs while with Grays Athletic. His two years with the Clarets since signing permanently for the club haven’t been great and no goals in 18 Championship appearances highlight his ineffectiveness. West Ham United: Enner Valencia – The Ecuadorian is more often bad than good for the Hammers, and has hit just 10 goals in 56 games since a £15m move. Injuries haven’t helped his cause and a costly error against Leicester, which led to the Foxes’ equalising penalty, is not forgotten in east London. 20 Leicester City: Yohan Benalouane – For every N’Golo Kante there is a Yohan Benalouane. Landed for £5.6m from Atalanta, the Tunisian barely touched the first-team before being loaned to Fiorentina in January. He then failed to make a single appearance back in Italy but was pictured in his Leicester kit at the end of the season celebrating with the Premier League trophy above his head – despite a back injury and not making enough Foxes appearances to claim a winners medal. Clubs, managers and players across Europe are all set to get a little busier with the transfer window set to open on July 1.Some superstars have already secured move, while others find themselves at the centre of speculation as their futures hang in the balance.Whatever happens, players will be sold this summer, but some players will be transferred less reluctantly than others.So, which players should teams be actively trying to move on?Click the right arrow above to find out who we believe Premier League clubs should be trying to sell… Sunderland: Santiago Vergini – A terrible signing last summer, the Black Cats immediately loaned the player to Getafe. They don’t want him, so he’s back on Wearside. We’d wager he’ll be off again soon, though. Manchester United: Marouane Fellaini – Jose Mourinho is either going to love or hate the Belgian midfielder but the fact Red Devils fans are hardly on his side means he’s an easy choice to be ditched in the summer as he overhauls Louis van Gaal’s team. 20 20 20 20 Watford: Essaid Belkalem – Take your pick from the number of players brought in from Udinese or Granada yet to play a game. Belkalem is one of many who could be off to pastures new. 20 Arsenal: Carl Jenkinson – Click the right arrow above for more players Premier League clubs should sell this summer… – The English right-back never really excelled for the Gunners and missed out on a permanent West Ham move last summer thanks to Arsenal slapping a huge price tag on him. He could well fester with Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers ahead of him in the pecking order when he returns from injury. A step down would be best for the 24-year-old. 20 Bournemouth: Tokelo Rantie – Already linked with loan moves during last season, the South African’s time is up at the Vitality Stadium. Once a club-record £2.5m signing, he’s now on the scrapheap with Benik Afobe and Callum Wilson ahead of him. The fact he isn’t a home-grown player also counts against him. last_img read more

More speculation over Austin – and Sunderland are linked with Hoilett

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR…There is yet more speculation over Charlie Austin’s future today, with Newcastle again tipped to make a move to sign him.QPR want £15m for the striker and have rejected a £12m bid from Leicester – the first offer or approach made for Austin despite numerous reports of various clubs attempting to sign him.Newcastle are now ready to make an offer around the £15m mark, the Sunday Express claim.The Daily Star Sunday also say Newcastle are prepared to meet QPR’s asking price in order to beat Leicester to his signing.Newcastle have been linked with Austin but have not made an approachThe Sunday People pick up on recent speculation that Austin would prefer to stay in London, suggesting he is waiting to see if Chelsea come in for him and, if they do not, that he would favour a move to West Ham.And The Sun on Sunday reports that Bournemouth will offer QPR £14m for the 25-year-old.Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror say Sunderland, recently linked with Matty Phillips, are ready to make a £2.5m bid for Junior Hoilett and that German club Borussia Monchengladbach are also interested in the R’s winger.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Knight Foundation Awards $2.74M to 2010 News Challenge Winners

first_imgchris cameron Tags:#Multimedia#New Media#web Related Posts Wednesday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the winners of its annual Knight News Challenge, a contest funding innovative ideas for disseminating news and information to local communities with digital technologies. 12 entrants were awarded a grand total of $2.74 million, the largest share, $400k, going to Eric Rodenbeck and his data visualization project CityTracking. “We can use the Knight News Challenge to experiment with ways to learn how to think in different ways about information sharing so we might discover the future of news.”– Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation President.Rodenbeck, a San Francisco-based designer and entrepreneur, hopes his project will ease the process of creating captivating visualizations of municipal data for local journalists and bloggers. “CityTracking will allow users to create embeddable data visualizations that are appealing enough to spread virally and that are as easy to share as photos and videos,” says the Knight Foundation description.Data visualization initiatives fared well at this year’s challenge, as a second entry, Tilemapping, was granted $74,000 from the foundation. Other popular categories included projects aimed at finding new ways to engage readers, as well as those geared toward determining new methods for funding journalism at the local level (see video below). The foundation hopes that by funding these ideas they will help spur innovation and aid digital journalism take its first strides in the Internet age.“The free flow of shared information is essential for communities to function in a democracy. More each day, that information flows through and because of digital technology,” said Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen. “Until someone figures out the next big thing […] we can use the Knight News Challenge to experiment with ways to learn how to think in different ways about information sharing so we might discover the future of news.” The announcement of this year’s winners was made at the Future of News and Civic Media conference at MIT – an event featuring previous challenge winners. Since beginning four years ago, the challenge has received over 10,000 applications and has doled out $23 million to 50 winning projects. Possibly the most well known past Knight News Challenge winner is – a platform for community funded journalism.center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Germany’s Plus-Energy Town

first_imgSometimes it really does take a village. In 1997, the residents of Wildpoldsried, a Bavarian farming community of about 2,600 people, identified goals for revenue generation, local business development, and infrastructure. The idea was to proceed carefully, avoid massive debt, and let the rewards accumulate gradually over the coming decades. By May 2011, the town was not only on its way to realizing all its goals, it had generated about $5.7 million in revenue.The not-so-secret formula for this transformation turns out to be a blend of economic caretaking, government incentives, and renewable-energy adoption and other ecological practices. Nine new public buildings and many homes in Wildpoldsried are equipped with photovoltaic systems. The town operates three small hydroelectric plants, and five of its community buildings are equipped with biogas digesters.Several wind turbines are, in various combinations, supplying power to the community. The town has also installed flood-control and natural-wetlands wastewater systems, and this year its village council adopted an ordinance that offers a rebate of $20.70 per square meter (about $1.92/sq. ft.) on the cost of land to the owners of homes built to the Passivhaus standard.A showcase communityA story published in August by BioCycle magazine details the energy and ecology projects that, cumulatively, have helped produce Wildpoldsried’s net annual power surplus, which has topped 320%. A feed-in tariff introduced in 2000 helped make investment in photovoltaic systems economically feasible, and the community took to PV, as well as to wind power, in a big way. One of the challenges now, in fact, is to manage the resulting surplus so it doesn’t overload the grid and force the regional power company into an expensive expansion. Accordingly, the village is contemplating research that would explore using the excess electricity to power a biogas generator that would produce a storable form of energy – methane.“We have already run into problems where we are producing too much renewable energy. It’s very important to make the network intelligent and combine it with a storage system,” village council member Günter Mögele told BioCycle. “The stored methane will then be saved and converted back to power at a later time.”Wildpoldsried’s success as a low-carbon community has landed it on a short list of towns eligible to participate in government-sponsored sustainability initiatives such as Project IRENE (Integration of Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles), a two-year smart-grid study launched this fall under the guidance of two universities and the regional power company. One aim of the project is to explore techniques for monitoring and managing the power supply when electric vehicles are in widespread everyday use.Wildpoldsried’s star turn as an eco-village happens to coincide with the European Union’s adoption of its “20-20-20” initiative, which calls for 20% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, use of renewable-energy sources to provide 20% of total energy use, and 20% cuts in overall energy consumption. According to clean-energy market specialist Pike Research, compliance with the measure will prompt the amount of certified green building space to almost quadruple by 2016.last_img read more

How Much Insulation Is Enough?

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also wrote Insulation: The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices, which provides in-depth guidance on the selection of insulation materials. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. I’m often asked the question, “How much insulation should I install in my house”? It’s a great question. Let me offer some recommendations:First of all… it depends. It depends to a significant extent on where you live. And it depends on whether we’re talking about a new house or trying to squeeze insulation into an existing house.To simplify the discussion, let’s assume, for the time being, that we’re talking about new constructionAs for location, I’ll provide recommendations for three different climates, based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) climate zones. These DOE climate zones range from Zone 1 at the extreme southern tip of Florida, to Zone 7, which covers the tip of Maine, stretches across the northern reaches of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and includes a few high-elevation places in the Rockies (see map). In my recommendations, I group these into three larger zones for simplicity.Cold climates: Zones 5-7Zones 5-7 cover much of the northern half of the U.S., from roughly the Mason-Dixon Line at the East Coast across the northern third of Missouri and the northern edge of eastern Kansas, then dipping south in the higher-elevation Plains States through northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, nearly all of Nevada (except the Las Vegas area), and the northeastern corner of California and the eastern three-quarters of Oregon and Washington.For these locations, I follow the widely quoted recommendations from Building Science Corporation and aim for the 5-10-20-40-60 rule. These numbers refer to the R-value recommendations for windows, foundation slabs, foundation walls, above-ground walls, and attics (or roofs), respectively.These recommendations are for “true” R-values, not the nominal values listed on insulation packaging. For example, if you install R-19 fiberglass batts in 2×6 frame walls, with the studs 16 inches on-center, double top-plates, and other elements of “standard” framing, the actual R-value of the whole wall with the R-19 insulation will be about R-15. The whole-wall R-value is lower because of thermal bridging through the wood framing.To achieve R-40 in the walls requires a lot of insulation — far more than is found in standard construction. This level of insulation, if combined with strategies for minimizing air leakage, will result in a house that will be affordable to heat even if energy prices double or triple. And if combined with some passive solar heating will result in a house that should never come close to freezing in winter, even if the heat is turned off.With window R-values, the recommendation refers to the “unit R-value,” a measure that averages the center-of-glass R-value and the R-value at the window edges — where the heat loss is greater (at least with high-performance windows). These unit R-values are the inverse of the U-factors listed on NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) labels found on most new windows: R = 1/U.Hot climates: Zones 1-2Zones 1-2 include the hottest areas in the U.S., covering most of Florida and a band west to central Texas, as well as southern Arizona and the Imperial Valley of extreme southeastern California.Here, I recommend a 3-5-10-20-60 rule: R-3 windows, R-5 under slabs and for any below-grade foundation walls, R-10 for above-grade foundation walls and slab perimeter (full foundations are rare in these climates), R-20 for above-ground walls, and R-60 for attics. These recommendations come from an informal conversation with John Straube of Building Science Corporation. Again, these are true R-values (unit values for windows).It will surprise some to see the recommendation for attics to be the same as in cold climates. This is because of the difference in temperature (delta-T) between the living space and the attic on a hot summer day can be as high as wintertime delta-T in a cold-climate between indoors and outdoors. With windows, I further recommend a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.3 or lower to minimize unwanted solar gain.Moderate climates: Zones 3-4Zones 3-4 include much of the southern half of the country, with the boundary between Zones 4 and 5 dipping south across the center of New Mexico and Arizona. This moderate region excludes Florida and the Gulf Coast, but includes most of California and the western edge of Oregon and Washington.For these locations, I recommend intermediate insulation values between those for cold climates and hot climates. I suggest a 4-5-10-30-60 rule: R-4 windows, R-5 under slabs, R-10 foundation walls or slab perimeter, R-30 above-grade walls, and R-60 in the attic or roof.What about existing houses?In new construction, the incremental cost of increasing insulation levels are relatively modest. With existing houses, retrofit insulation costs are usually much higher, so it is usually difficult to justify such high insulation levels. The exception is attics, where adding lots of additional insulation is usually quite affordable.So, in existing homes, determining reasonable insulation levels is project-specific. In a full gut-rehab (where the house is taken down to the structure, or the frame is opened up on either the interior or exterior), achieving close to the recommended insulation levels for new construction may be possible (though higher costs for extending window and door jambs and, sometimes, roof overhangs also need to be considered).And with windows, whether to replace or improve existing windows is a key question. Look for recommendations in future blogs.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo poses biggest threat yet to Polish rearguard

first_imgPoland have an impressive defensive record at Euro 2016 but standing in their way to a semi-final spot is arguably one of sport’s greatest-ever athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo.The monstrous Polish centre back pairing of Michal Pazdan and Kamil Glik face their toughest challenge yet when they come up against Portugal in the last-eight clash in Marseille today, though their previous matches have not provided much by way of preparation for facing the Real Madrid star.Describing 29-year-old Ronaldo as the “perfect athlete”, U.S. lifestyle magazine Men’s Health says he hits speeds of more than 32 kph, jumps nearly a metre in the air off one leg, runs an average of 16 km per match and hits more winners in the last 20 minutes than anyone else. (Portugal’s Gomes, Guerreiro may miss Poland game)He is the only player to have scored a goal in four Euros going back to 2004 and, while he struggled to find his feet early in this year’s tournament, there are signs that he is back to his sublime best.He scored twice in Portugal’s last group match against Hungary — an audacious back heel and a towering header — and has had a hand in two of his country’s other three goals, most importantly the shot that set up Ricardo Quaresma to score the easiest of extra-time winners in their last-16 win over Croatia.For their part, Poland are good shotstoppers.They have conceded just three goals all year and only one in the Euros, an outrageous bicycle kick by Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri in their round-of-16 tie which they eventually won on penalties. Only Germany still have a clean sheet in Euro 2016.advertisementPoland’s matches in France so far will have done little to prepare them for the pace, power and superhuman heading ability that Ronaldo possesses, however.Their top-ranked opponents to date, Germany, fielded the diminutive Mario Goetze in their group-stage stalemate and the ‘false nine’ presented little trouble in the box, constantly dropping back into midfield to pick up the ball.Other group matches against Northern Ireland, who did not get a decent effort on target, and Ukraine, who departed after failing to score in any of their games, were fairly straightforward.The late Shaqiri wonder goal in their last outing did unsettle the Poles, with Switzerland gaining the upper hand in extra time. But the rearguard held firm, forcing the tie to penalties.That defence will have to be immaculate again if Poland are to have a chance of progressing because they have offered little up front.They have scored two goals fewer than any other team in the last eight with hitman Robert Lewandowski, the leading scorer in Euro 2016 qualifying with 13 goals, mustering just two attempts on target so far, both in the last match.    The captain’s opening penalty in the shootout, which left the goalkeeper stranded as it flew into the top right corner, could be the confidence boost he needs.It is the scintillating left winger Kamil Grosicki who presents the biggest danger for Portugal’s ageing but experienced defence led by 33-year-old Pepe.For Polish coach Adam Nawalka, the Ronaldo factor presents a tactical conundrum. Is he prepared to press high in search of a goal, knowing that a wrong step could unleash the Portuguese counter-attack, or does he sit back and risk becoming just a spectator to another Ronaldo masterclass?Whoever wins on Thursday will play either Wales or Belgium next, seen as the easier route to the final with hosts France, world champions Germany, Italy and surprise quarter-finalists Iceland on the other side of the draw.last_img read more

3 days agoMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…

first_imgMan Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher says Andreas Pereira is a natural No10.Pereira impressed in the draw with Liverpool before he was taken off for Brandon Williams in the closing stages.”He’s an out-an-out number ten,” Fletcher said.“It has been difficult for him to fit in the formation sometimes.”The back five with the two holding midfielders allowed them to do that.“He was leaving something on players and he will be annoying and he was a threat.”I think he has been a little frustrated playing in wide areas.“His natural game is to come inside and he was a big reason behind what United did well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

American pipeline protesters demonstrate outside Trudeau meetings

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline has followed Justin Trudeau to sunny California, where protesters demonstrated Friday outside the hotel where the prime minister was holding meetings with top state officials.About a dozen protesters made up of local climate change activists held signs demanding Trudeau reverse his decision on the project, chanting anti-pipeline slogans from across the street.Three of the protesters briefly got inside the hotel and demonstrated with their backs up against the wall directly outside the room where Trudeau met with California Gov. Jerry Brown.Trudeau has given no indication he’s willing to back down from the project, pledging to get it built one way or another.One of the protesters, Vanessa Butterworth, said Trudeau must to back up his talk about protecting the environment and climate by rejecting the Kinder Morgan pipeline.“If you want to be a real climate leader, you’re going to have to live up to your Paris agreement and say no to Kinder Morgan or the communities are going to shut it down,” said Butterworth, who is from Toronto.The message was different than the one Trudeau received inside the stately hotel first from Brown, and then his deputy Gavin Newsom, who is a favourite to replace Brown at the end of the Democrat’s term.During staged photo-ops, Brown said his state and Canada had much to do while the White House was “temporarily missing in action in terms of climate action.” Newsom thanked Trudeau for his leadership “at a time when that’s not lost on many of us in the political sphere out here.”California and more than a dozen other states have moved ahead with carbon pricing schemes, including a cap-and-trade system with Ontario and Quebec. Brown said he wants to forge other agreements with various provinces, and push for growth in zero-emission vehicles.Tensions around the development of the controversial $7.4-billion pipeline project escalated last week when the B.C. government announced plans for more consultations on oil spill readiness and a limit on increased diluted bitumen shipments until it can be confident of response measures.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer asked for an emergency debate on the pipeline impasse, but deputy Speaker Bruce Stanton told him the issue does not meet the criteria.“The House of Commons should discuss all options in order to put an end to this crisis,” Scheer said in French in the House of Commons.Earlier during question period, Kim Rudd, the parliamentary secretary for the minister of natural resources, said Canada won’t let B.C. kill off the pipeline.“Any decision by the B.C. government to limit the flow of bitumen through the pipeline would be outside the province’s jurisdiction,” Rudd said.Protester David Turnbull, with Oil Change International, said Americans are also worried about what could happen to the waters along their western coast if Kinder Morgan is built.“The Kinder Morgan pipeline, if it was built, would increase the tanker traffic along the west coast, including in the United States along Seattle’s bay as well,” Turnbull said.“We’re concerned that the Kinder Morgan would both imperil our climate and also imperil our coast lines as well.”last_img read more

Construction firm accuses province of botching build of Grande Prairie hospital

first_imgEDMONTON – The construction firm fighting with the Alberta government over the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital says the province has crippled the project with slapdash planning, poor budgeting and bad faith negotiations.In a statement, Graham Construction said Alberta Infrastructure has been ordering so many design changes that completed work has had to be torn down.“Until the scope changes stop, and sufficient budget is provided, no construction manager can properly establish a final cost or properly plan and complete the project,” said Graham.The company sent the statement in response to a demand issued Monday by Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen on the $763-million hospital.Jansen said the Calgary-based firm is on track to miss the completion deadline at the end of this year, and has asked the province for an extra $120 million with no justifiable reason.She has given Graham until Aug. 22 to deliver a plan to get the project back on schedule or see its $510-million contract cancelled.But Graham, in its statement, said it had previously warned the province that the hospital couldn’t be done under the current budget given the design changes.It said that since December 2016 the project has experienced more than 600 change orders and more than 400 design clarifications. There were 63 design changes and 34 new scope clarifications in June 2018 alone, it said.“Many changes required demolition of completed work to accommodate the new scope, affecting project cost and schedule,” said Graham.Graham said it has been trying to work with Jansen’s office in recent months only to see meetings cancelled and not rescheduled.It said Jansen’s claim of a request for an extra $120 million is false.Graham said it had warned the project could be up to $85 million short and, at the request of Jansen’s office, put in a recent estimate to complete the project that included a $35-million contingency fund — two figures that would equal the $120-million ask.Jansen disputed Graham Construction’s allegations and called the tone of the news release “unfortunate.”She said the province and Graham renegotiated the hospital deal in December 2016, and last month’s $120 million ask was a trigger for the dispute.“On July 24, we received a request in writing for an additional $120 million over and above the existing $510-million agreement without any documentation explaining the request,” Jansen told reporters on a conference call Thursday.“That is really part of the reason that we issued the notice of default on Monday.”Jansen didn’t take issue with the number of changes, but said such amendments are not unusual for a large project and none would have affected the bottom line or the timeline.She dismissed the accusation her office is avoiding meetings, saying they continue to conference regularly at multiple levels.She said she still hoped to get a workable plan from Graham by her Aug. 22 deadline.The shell and roof of the hospital have been completed, along with insulation and windows. Construction on the inside is 70 per cent done.last_img read more

Miller Mayhem Fundraiser

first_imgAs well as music there will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw, Guitar Raffle, Refreshments and Midnight Lunch as ‘Dale takes the lead on ALS.’There will be Safe Rides to and from the event.In October 2018, Dale Miller was given the diagnosis of familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A very rare condition, the incidence of ALS in Canada is 2/100,000 and of those cases, 5-10% is the familial type of ALS. There are only about 150-300 people in Canada with familial ALS.A GoFundMe Account has been set up in Miller’s name as the Account says, ‘With ALS, everyone’s situation progresses in an unpredictable fashion but leads to the same outcome. This is a fatal condition and there is no hope for a cure in Dale’s lifetime. Dale’s remaining time will include a gradual, but certain, decline in mobility and independence.’The Account goes on to share Dale has been unable to work since his diagnosis and having lived a life of modest means and hard work, often seasonal in nature, financial resources are extremely limited. Dale and Pam are already trying to prepare for the financial and emotional challenges they will need to face together.Dale and Pam have lived and worked in the Fort St. John, BC, area for many years. Many know Dale as a musician as he has been actively engaged in the live music scene around town, playing in various ensembles, both formally and informally, (some of you may know him as “Sea-legs” or “Silverback” or “Big Sexy”). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Miller Mayhem Benefit Event is set to help raise funds for Dale Miller and his battle with ALS.The Fundraiser has been set to take place at the Taylor Curling Club on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 from 7 pm – 1:30 am. Entry to the Event is by Donation.Several local musicians will be performing the night such as Rob Fraser, Cory Hipkiss, Airik Clark, Smokey Roads, Inroads and Rob Doucette and friends. To view the GoFundMe; CLICK HERE To view the FB Event; CLICK HERElast_img read more