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Local eatery makes TV debut

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Surrey plays host to 2012 B.C. Summer Games

first_imgThere’s baseball players, soccer enthusiasts, volleyballers, hoopsters . . . and that’s just fro the West Kootenay.Kootenay athletes join counterparts from throughout the province in Surrey this weekend for the 2012 B.C. Summer Games. More than 2,600 athletes, their coaches and families are in Surrey for opening ceremonies Thursday.Competition begins Friday and runs through until Sunday’s closing ceremonies.”The B.C. Summer Games provide an excellent opportunity for young athletes to test their skills and abilities through healthy competition,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.”Our community has once again come together in a collaborative spirit, and I want to thank the thousands of volunteers who are helping us put on a world-class event.”Some fast facts on the 2012 Games: 2,366 athletes, 474 coaches and 323 officials will participate in the BC Summer Games. As many as 3,000 volunteers will contribute to the Games. The average age of the athletes is 14 years. 20 sports are included in the Games. 2,000 medals will be awarded in 284 medal presentation ceremonies. One coach with each Zone Team is required to be a fully certified NCCP Level 2 coach in his or her sport. Based on data from past Games, the estimated economic impact to the host community is $2.6 million. Volunteers will prepare more than 32,000 meals over the course of the Games. Surrey School District 36 has offered the use of area schools for athlete accommodation. The City of Surrey previously has hosted the BC Summer Games in 1989 and the BC Seniors Games in 2001.See the list of Kootenay athletes at: read more

Mourinho reminisces about tricky Villa goal as he vows to take FA Cup seriously

first_imgJose Mourinho remembers watching one of Tottenham’s most famous FA Cup memories on television and will do everything he can to deliver some of his own.Mourinho was an 18-year-old in Portugal when he saw Ricky Villa score his famous goal in the 1981 final replay against Manchester City.Watching the showpiece of English football on television growing up helped him fall in love with the FA Cup, a competition he won once with Chelsea in 2007.Tottenham also have a rich FA Cup history, with eight wins – though none since 1991.He is about to embark on his first campaign in this competition as Spurs boss, with an away trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday, and reminisced about his childhood.“For me the FA Cup is a very, very special cup,” he said.“And that’s for me, individually. Me as the Tottenham coach I know what the competition means to the Tottenham supporters.“The history they have, the memories they have, the victories they have. The unforgettable goals they scored. The Ricardo Villa goal I watched as a teenager I don’t forget.“I could only imagine what it means to the Tottenham fans.“I was in my house with my dad and FA Cup finals – late 60s, early 70s – there were not many matches live on TV.“I think national team matches, the three European cup finals and the FA Cup.“And the FA Cup was basically the last match of the season so I think I didn’t miss one in that period. Little kid, young teenager, I don’t think I missed one.”The FA Cup is one of two remaining competitions that could give Mourinho silverware in his first season in north London and he has vowed to do everything he can to end Spurs’ trophy drought.“I am not saying we are candidates, I am not saying we are going to win it, but I am saying we have to play this competition seriously,” he added.“You can tell me, ‘Jose you are in trouble, you have lots of injuries and not many options, and you have a Premier League to try to finish in the top six or fourth’.“But I am not going to give more attention to the Premier League than the cup.“For me a competition is a competition, a match is a match and again the FA Cup is a special cup. I don’t see it in another way.“If Middlesbrough beat us they beat us because they were very good or because we were bad.“Or because we were not good enough but not because the Tottenham coach didn’t give to the cup the responsibility, not at all, no chance.”last_img read more

Heavyweights square off in JOA battle

first_img Split Interestingly, there seems to be a split in the JAAA with president Warren Blake going in the opposite direction of his general secretary, by supporting and appearing on the slate of Tolan, the former president of the Jamaica Badminton Association. Also present on Tolan’s slate are former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard, Major Desmon Brown, general manager at Independence Park Limited and Stephen Jones, president of the Jamaica Boxing Board. Molly Rhone, president of the International Netball Federation, who is the incumbent second vice president of the organisation, is not expected to feature on any of the two slates. Fennell has led the JOA since 1977 and also served as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Tolan, a businessman and vice president of the Badminton World Federation, was president of the Jamaica Badminton Association from 2005 to 2013. He also brings regional experience having served as general secretary of the sport’s Pan American Confederation and became president the Central America and Caribbean Badminton Confederation in 2010. Samuda is an attorney and is the currently the president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association. Meanwhile, Tolan, who would not confirm his slate, believes that his team presents the best option to drive the JOA forward. “I have decided to run for president, I have been involved for the last four years and there is a need for continued good leadership now that Mike Fennell has decided he will not seek re-election,” Tolan told The Gleaner. “My chances are as good as anyone’s. The team that we have assembled – this is a team, not a slate, they want to serve sports and they come from a cross section of sporting bodies. Whether it is minor sports, major sports and I believe that this is a team with strong professionalism and persons who have proven to be very good sporting administrators.” Samuda was said to be off the island yesterday and could not be reached for comment. Current secretary general Christopher Samuda and first vice president Vishu Tolan are expected to be confirmed as the only candidates for the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) presidency, when nominations close today. Both are looking to replace outgoing president Mike Fennell, who is not seeking re-election; bringing to an end a stellar and unbroken 40-year reign at the helm of Jamaica’s Olympic movement. The elections are set to take place at the JOA’s office on Cunningham Avenue in Kingston on June 27 with 36 sporting associations holding one vote for each position. Several of the island’s leading sports administrators will be going up against each other for positions within the organisation. According to information reaching The Gleaner, Samuda’s slate is expected to include president of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation Nelson Stokes, who is challenging for the first vice president post, Alan Beckford (general secretary) and general secretary of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Garth Gayle who is seeking the post of second vice president.last_img read more

Thank You, Ellen, for the Paved Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border Road!

first_imgUntil very recently, people traveling from Gbarnga to Ganta and on to the Guinea border had to endure deep potholes, dust and mud to reach their destinations.Our pick-up, taxi and truck drivers, not to speak of motorists, including government people and foreigner partners, driving through this region, attempted their trips with trepidation (fear, nervousness). It was not only the discomfort driving on the bad roads but the heavy toll they inflicted on the wear and tear of their vehicles. Market women, moreover, suffered serious losses when their perishable goods, especially bananas, fish, fruits, plantains and vegetables rotted during long delays due to mud and impassable potholes along the way.Not anymore, especially on the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea border route! Last week Monday President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf traveled to Ganta to dedicate the 70-kilometer paved road linking the Bong and Nimba capitals and the Guinea border.She was accompanied by Public Works Minister Gyude Moore; diplomats; development partners—especially the World Bank, European Union, Germany (KfW), Norway (NORAD) and United Kingdom; as well as legislators, including Senate Public Works Chairman Oscar Cooper of Margibi; County Superintendents; Chiefs and other local leaders.The opening of this paved road linking two counties and the neighboring Guinea border is an important milestone. Not only will it facilitate easier and more comfortable travel; it will also encourage trade and other economic activities. The Bong and Nimba people must now intensify their agricultural production. Remember what the President Sirleaf told you as she dedicated the road: This paved corridor and all other development accomplishments belong to you, for your cooperation and support helped bring them about. Agriculture Minister Moses Zinnah should seize this opportunity to reach out to the people in these two counties and ensure that they grow more tubers (cassava, eddoes, potatoes), fruits, plantains and vegetables, to feed their people and to supply the urban markets in Kakata, Harbel, Paynesville Red Light and Monrovia.We are here urging Agriculture Minister Zinnah to FOCUS on these areas and flood them with agricultural extension agents to convey the benefits ofresearch from the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI). This road must NOT be a corridor for more accidents, with reckless drivers misusing the pavement with excessive speeding, injuring and killing people. See what happened last week to our young Public Works Minister Gyude Moore, who was knocked down by a wicked, speeding hit-and-run driver as he jogged along Payne Avenue, Monrovia—why? Only because unlike past years when Payne Avenue and all other thoroughfares were riddled with potholes so that vehicles could not move fast, today, because most roads are paved, motorists drive recklessly. We pray that our youthful Minister has been restored to perfect health.Motorists using the new Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea highway should make a conscious effort to drive safely, carefully and responsibly on this paved new road. That is the best “Thank you” they can give to the President.We call on the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to install lights along this and all other highways to ensure night safety; and on the Liberia National Police (LNP) to install signs indicating curves, bridges, hills and other danger points along that route. We insist that this new thoroughfare should be an opportunity to boost agricultural production in Bong and Nimba. This road must NOT be used to import farm produce from Guinea and La Cote d’Ivoire! Bong, Nimba farmers, grow your own bitter ball, cabbage, lettuce, pepper, tomatoes and other produce, for you can no longer use “bad roads” as an excuse for failure to be hardworking and productive.We further call on the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) and the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) to tour the area and encourage Bong, Nimba and other entrepreneurs to open businesses along this new, welcoming corridor—agro-industry enterprises, such as poultry and meat processing plants; building materials stores; food centers; hotels, motels, shopping centers, etc. Who amongst us can forget that this government has been severely criticized by the people for the lack of enough development initiatives? At this point, we are compelled to say to Liberians: “Thank God for mercies—great and small.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Australian men, women football players close gender pay gap

first_imgTaal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Under the agreement, players are entitled to 40% of prize money on qualifying for a FIFA World Cup, representing an increase from 30%. That share of prize money increases to 50% if they progress to the knockout stage of the competition.“The new agreement reflects football’s determination to address issues of gender equity in all facets of the game and build a sustainable financial model that rewards players as national team revenues increase,” a joint statement said. “Significantly for the Matildas, a new three-tiered centralized contract system will see Australia’s finest women’s footballers provided with increased annual remuneration with the tier 1 players earning the same amount as the top Socceroos.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The agreement still doesn’t reflect equal remuneration: the Socceroos’ prize money is exponentially greater than the Matildas at the World Cup.At the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia, the Socceroos earned $8 million in prize money for exiting in the group stage without winning a game. The Matildas earned $1 million in prize money for making the round of 16 at the Women’s World Cup in France this year. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacueescenter_img NBA fines Clippers $50,000 for statements about Leonard ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Critics say the women will still end up with a much smaller share and that the teams should share the same percentage of a total prize money pool.Players in the United States, including stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, filed a lawsuit in March against the U.S. Soccer Federation alleging gender and pay discrimination between the men’s and women’s national teams.The U.S. has won the last two Women’s World Cup titles. A May 5 trial date has been set in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Australia huddles before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Australia and Peru at Fisht Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPSYDNEY — Australia’s football federation and players’ union say they have agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that closes the pay gap between the men’s and women’s national teams.The new four-year CBA announced on Wednesday ensures the Socceroos and Matildas receive a 24% share of an agreed aggregate of generated revenues in 2019-20, rising by 1% each year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

What’s next for “Dreamers”?

first_imgIn what could be regarded as a massive blow to the immigrant community in the United States, the Donald Trump Administration earlier this week announced that it has scrapped an immigration programme designed to protect young undocumented immigrants, also referred to as “Dreamers”.The policy, widely known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) programme, was introduced by then President Barrack Obama in 2012. The programme was mainly designed to protect young illegal immigrants in the US from deportation, and provide temporary permits for work and study. The policy was created after acknowledgment that these young people had largely been raised in the US, and the policy was seen as a way to remove immigration enforcement attention from “low priority” individuals with good behaviour.As expected, thousands of persons hoping to make the ‘American dream’ a reality took advantage of the programme from the time it was introduced five years ago, as they saw it as a means of eventually achieving US citizenship.In order to qualify for DACA, applicants under the age of 30 submitted personal information to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). They had to go through an FBI background check and have a clean criminal record, and either be in school, recently graduated, or have been honourably discharged from the military. In exchange, the US Government agreed to “defer” any action on their immigration status for a period of two years.Now that the present Government has taken a hardline approach to immigration issues, many of those who have benefited and are benefiting from the DACA programme are scared as to what lies ahead with regards to their future status in the country. The Government has said that, with immediate effect, no first-time applications for the programme will be considered. However, existing recipients will not be affected for at least six months.In announcing its decision, the Trump Administration said: “Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch”. It added that the effect of “this unilateral executive amnesty among other things contributed to a surge of minors at the southern border that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences. It also denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs”.However, as expected, the announcement was met with much opposition from both within and outside Trump’s own party. According to the New York Times, Democrats and some Republicans, business executives, college presidents and immigration activists condemned the move as a coldhearted and shortsighted effort that was unfair to young immigrants and could harm the economy.On his part, President Obama condemned the move as “cruel”, saying, “they were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s licence… Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.” It is well known that Trump campaigned on a narrow, anti-immigrant and American nationalistic agenda; and it was bought by a majority of American voters. Caribbean nationals, including Guyanese, are among the millions of illegal immigrants living in the US, and they were anxiously waiting for the time when they could have their status regularised. For many of these immigrants, there is a lot of uncertainties regarding their future. It is still unclear as to how this issue will unfold in the coming months. Congress now has up to six months to find a legislative alternative. There is a likelihood of Congress being unable to hammer out a new comprehensive immigration policy, and beneficiaries could be at a risk of deportation. Then there is the option of taking the matter to court, as we have seen in previous cases. Also, some experts suggest that DACA could be replaced by new legislation, where current beneficiaries remain protected.However the situation unfolds, at the moment, there is great fear and anxiety among “Dreamers”, as their immigration status could be changed with very short notice.last_img read more

Northern Health confirms “respiratory illness” in Chetwynd & Northeast B.C.

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Northern Health has confirmed what they are calling a common respiratory illness is circulating in the northeast B.C. with the main focus in the community of Chetwynd.Although Northern Health hasn’t released any information about how many people have become sick or the extent of their illness, they have said it is affecting a number of children and families in the Peace and specifically Chetwynd.  The symptoms are influenza-like, which Northern Health is typical for this time of year.Viruses are generally spread easily among children, especially during the peak season, but most children who become ill make a full recovery without any medical help. Seniors and people of any age with underlying medical conditions, especially heart and lung conditions are at a higher risk for severe complications of influenza and other respiratory viruses, such as Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).- Advertisement -“We know that viruses spread more easily among young children, especially during peak season for these illnesses; and we understand the concerns around cases affecting children in the community,” said Dr. Raina Fumerton, Medical Health Officer, Northern Health. “However, we would like to offer assurances that complications and death due to influenza and influenza-like illnesses are rare in children who have no underlying medical conditions. It may happen, but it is rare.”The Chetwynd Primary Care Clinic remains open, but is seeing an increase in visits due to this increase in respiratory illness in the community.  Residents of Chetwynd who wish to arrange a flu shot should call the Chetwynd Primary Care Clinic at 250-788-7300.  Local pharmacists will deliver vaccinations for clients over the age of 5Northern Health has released the following tips to help reduce your risk of getting the flu:Advertisement Get plenty of rest and fluids if you’re sick with influenza-like illness. Most people will recover on their own at home. Seek medical care if there is trouble breathing, pain in the chest or a high fever that does not get better after 3-4 days.People at high risk of complications who experience influenza-like illness should seek medical care without delay. Their doctor may want to prescribe a drug that must be given early to be effective.Staying home if you’re sick – You don’t want to spread the flu to your classmates, colleagues, or friends. Make sure to rest and get better before returning to work or school.Practicing frequent and proper hand hygiene – Use alcohol based hand sanitizer regularly and make sure to wash your hands appropriately (wet your hands, scrub with soap for 20 seconds, rinse off your hands, dry your hands thoroughly, and use the paper towel to open and close the door).Observing coughing and sneezing etiquette – Cough or sneeze into your shoulder, not onto your hand or in the air. Make sure to wash your hands after!Get the flu shot – Protective effects from the flu shot occur approximately two weeks after receiving it. The BC Centre for Disease Control has noted the main kind of flu found this year is included in this year’s vaccine, meaning people will be better protected if they are vaccinated.If you have any further information about the extent of this in the community of Chetwynd, contact us by email read more

Russia takes action to halt public puffing

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Wednesday, the Duma gave preliminary backing to a measure that would prohibit beer drinking in streets, parks and public squares for both adults and minors. MOSCOW – First beer, now smoking. Russia’s lower house of parliament gave preliminary backing to a new wide-ranging restrictions on smoking in public Friday, the latest in series of legislative measures aimed at regulating Russians’ health and public behavior. The legislation, passed by the State Duma 406-0, all but bans smoking in workplaces, on airplanes, trains and municipal transport as well as in schools, hospitals and government buildings. It requires specially designated smoking areas to be set up. German lawmakers on Friday passed a similar ban on smoking on public transport and in federal buildings, including the parliament, although the plan allows for special rooms to be set aside for smokers. It still needs approval from the upper house of parliament. last_img read more

Apple online songs debut without copy limitations

first_imgEarlier this year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs called on the world’s four major record companies to start selling songs online without copy-protection software. “We definitely think it’s the right thing to do,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, said Wednesday. “In this case, EMI’s a leader, and we think others will follow.” In a statement Wednesday, Jobs reiterated that Apple expects that more than half the 5million songs on iTunes will feature a DRM-free version by the end of the year. In the meantime, Apple’s iTunes Store will continue to offer songs in the same copy-protected format as today at 99 cents per download and encoded at 128kilobits per second. The iTunes Plus versions are encoded at 256kbps, which Apple says makes the audio quality on a par with original recordings. Apple also will continue to encode its songs – including EMI’s DRM-free content – in the AAC audio format, which could force some users to go through an extra step of converting tunes into a version that would be compatible with their players. Some gadgets don’t support AAC, including SanDisk’s newest Sansa Connect or Samsung Electronics Co.’s YP-K3, but industry analyst Susan Kevorkian of the IDC market research company expects support for AAC will widen after Apple’s move this week., by comparison, said it plans to sell songs online later this year in the DRM-free MP3 format – the popular unrestricted audio standard that is supported by virtually any device, including Apple’s best-selling iPod. The next generation of digital music will be untethered from usage restrictions, Kevorkian predicts. It’s something major music labels – other than just EMI – will have to do if they want to combat the industry’s years-long decline of music CD sales, she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store started selling thousands of songs without copy protection Wednesday, marking the trend-setting company’s latest coup and a model for what analysts say will likely become a pattern for online music sales. Launching initially with songs from music company EMI Group PLC, iTunes Plus features tracks that are free of digital rights management, or DRM, technology – copy-protection software that limits where songs or movies can be played and distributed. The unrestricted content means some songs purchased from iTunes will work for the first time directly on portable players other than Apple’s iPod, including Microsoft Corp.’s Zune. The inaugural batch of iTunes Plus songs includes music from Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd and more than a dozen of Paul McCartney’s classic albums. The DRM-free tracks feature a higher sound quality and cost $1.29 apiece – 30cents more than the usual 99-cent price of other, copy-protected songs at the market-leading online music store. If available, users could upgrade existing purchases to DRM-free versions for 30cents a song or $3 for most albums, Apple said. London-based EMI, the world’s third-largest music company by sales, and Cupertino-based Apple announced their partnership in April to deliver the industry’s first major offering of DRM-free songs, sharing a vision of what both companies say their consumers want: flexibility and CD-audio quality. Other smaller online music vendors, such as, already offer songs without DRM, but the selections have been limited to mostly content from independent labels. Barney Wragg, the global head of digital music at EMI, said the iTunes Plus launch capped six months of work to convert almost all the company’s digital catalog into a DRM-free format. “Our customers told us two things deterred them from buying digital,” Wragg said. “They weren’t 100percent confident that the songs they’d purchase could play on their devices, and they wanted something closer to CD quality.” last_img read more