By Craig Lawrence, Slocan Valley Rec. Commission The Kootenay Slocan Lions Club have recently received a grant through the Government of Canada, New Horizons for Seniors Program to keep seniors (55+) active. The purpose of the Seniors on Bikes and Skis (SOB’s) is to allow seniors to pursue some healthy outdoor activities enjoying the Slocan Valley in all seasons. It will also give senior novice skiers the opportunity to try out an activity before deciding on whether they want to commit to purchasing their own equipment. The Lions have used the funds to purchase a variety of cross country ski packages and bicycles (including electric assist) and will be making them available to seniors in the Slocan Valley in the months ahead. Starting in January, the ski equipment will be available to seniors throughout the valley. To access the equipment, contact either Don Munro (project organizer) at 250-226-7855 or Slocan Valley Recreation 250-226-0008. For those needing a little bit of help getting started, Slocan Valley Recreation will be hosting a ski/training day on Monday, Jan. 10 beginning at 10 a.m., meeting at the Slocan Park Hall. Everyone will be going out and enjoying a ski along the Slocan Valley Rail Trail. After that, skis must be pre-booked for use. A limited number of skis are available, so please let us know if you want to use them. In the months ahead, the group will be providing several bicycles (including a four-wheel bike), some of which will have electric assist, to help seniors reach a little farther. These too, will have to be pre-booked and it’s expected they will be popular. The Kootenay Slocan Lions are working with the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society on this project, and the Slocan Valley Rail Trail is the primary location that all equipment will be used on. To find out more about the project, contact the numbers noted above.
The members of the team include, back row, L-R, Naomi Perkins, Christina Champlin, Erica Tolles, Courtney Shrieves and coach Rachel Stewart.Front, Shaen Panko Dool, Morgan Sabo, Soleil Babcock and Charly Defouw. Missing, Sophie Borhi and coach Yoshie Measures. Nelson Figure skaters did more than just turn in solid performances at the Rossland Mini Competition, the Heritage City contingent won the event for the second time in 30 years.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute members of the winning Nelson Figure Skating squad with Team of the Week honours.
On Thursday 7 February 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the 25th annual State of the Nation Address in democratic South Africa.Citizens anticipated a few big announcements aligning with the President’s vision for inclusive economic growth. In his address, President Ramaphosa spoke to issues on education, corruption, unemployment and foreign investment, inter alia, and shared implementation plans that government will roll out to meet the urgent needs of South African citizens.Reflecting on the past year, HE President Ramaphosa shared: “We resolved to cure our country of the corrosive effects of corruption and to restore the integrity of our institutions. We resolved to advance the values of our Constitution and to once again place at the centre of our national agenda the needs of the poor, unemployed, marginalised and dispossessed.We agreed that, in honour of the centenary of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu, we would devote our every action, our every effort, our every utterance to the realisation of their vision of a democratic, just and equitable society.”The South African government is committed to ensuring that learners thrive in a safe and healthy environment. Currently, 4 000 schools in SA are without appropriate sanitation facilities.They are also engaging learners on readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution from as early as childhood development phase, and has committed to the following in education:– It will take government 6 years to provide every school, and child, in South Africa with digital workbooks and textbooks on a tablet device.– 1 150 schools are either in planning, design or construction stages– More than 700 000 children have had access to early childhood education in the last financial year– 699 schools have been provided with appropriate sanitation facilities and projects through the SAFE Initiative.– 90% of textbooks in high enrolment subjects across all grades and all workbooks have been digitised.President Ramaphosa also announced that early childhood education centres will be migrated from the Department of Social Development to Basic Education.On the topic of small businesses, the following was noted: “Given the key role that small businesses play in stimulating economic activity and employment – and in advancing broad-based empowerment – we are focusing this year on significantly expanding our small business incubation programme.The incubation programme provides budding entrepreneurs with physical space, infrastructure and shared services, access to specialised knowledge, market linkages, training in the use of new technologies and access to finance.” – 14 rapid youth incubators form part of the incubation programme.– Digital hubs will be established in four provinces as part of the incubation programme– 51 technology business incubators form part of the incubation programme.– 10 enterprise supplier development incubators form part of the incubation programme.Speaking on infrastructure development, President Ramaphosa confirmed that more than R1.3 trillion has been invested to build, among others, hundreds of schools and two new universities. In addition, government committed R100 billion into the Infrastructure Fund over a 10-year period.He also made mention of the inaugural SA Investment Conference, confirming that “projects to the value of R187 billion are being implemented, and projects worth another R26 billion are in pre-implementation phase.” This reiterates the President’s investment drive to mobilise R1.2 trillion in investment over a period of five years.President Ramaphosa is confident that South African citizens have what it takes to move the country forward. He said: “All of us, as South Africans, should face up to the challenges and difficulties that lie ahead, said President Ramaphosa. “The task of building a better South Africa is our collective responsibility as a nation, as the people of South Africa.”
Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDon’t tell Greg Slaughter that he had a bad game because all that matters for him is the victory.Despite shooting 1-of-6 from the field to finish with only three points in Game 2, the Cebuano giant had no regrets over his performance in Ginebra’s 86-76 win over Meralco on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president NCAA: Peaking Arellano secures 4th place playoff LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “I just hope it’s inspiring to people who got major injuries like that. When I first got that injury, it was kind of disappointing for me because it’s my first game back. It took a long time and I was separated from the team for a while, but I hope it just shows that you can always come back stronger from a setback,” he said.But Slaughter is not content with just bagging the BPC plum as he looks forward on winning his first PBA title with the Gin Kings holding a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.“Individual award or not, we want to win the championship. That’s just been our goal since the beginning of the conference. We’re up 2-0 so we’ll look to get one more on Wednesday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It was just how the game went tonight, but I was still able to contribute on the defensive end,” said Slaughter, who also hauled down six rebounds and three blocks in his 33 minutes of action. “It’s not about any numbers, it’s just about getting the win for the team.”Slaughter knew that after his stellar play in Game 1 in Lucena, it was expected that the Bolts would be putting more attention on him, but he is more than willing to be the decoy and let his teammates pick up the slack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When you’re on the court, no matter what the stats are, you just got to find a way to make a contribution to the team,” said Slaughter.The 6-foot-11 center, who received the Best Player of the Conference award prior to the game, hopes that his succesful comeback from a devastating injury can serve as inspiration to others. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
West Indies reached 131 for three against India at stumps on third day of the first Test chasing a stiff victory target of 326 set by the visitors courtesy Rahul Dravid’s memorable 32nd Test century. Score | PhotosAn intriguing battle is on cards as the match is expected to be decided on fourth day itself with West Indies requiring 195 runs and visitors needing another seven wickets.Darren Bravo (30 batting) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (24 batting) added 51 runs for the undefeated fourth wicket stand after the Caribbeans were reduced to 80 for three.The West Indian openers Adrian Barath (38, 36 balls, 4×4, 2×6) and Lendl Simmons (27, 41 balls, 3×4, 1×6) started in a whirlwind fashion adding 62 runs in 10.5 overs.Barath in particular was in T20 mode as he hit Ishant for couple of sixes and four in over before Praveen Kumar made him flash at an away going delivery to be caught by Suresh Raina at slips.Ramnaresh Sarwan (0) was snapped up brilliantly by Virat Kohli off Ishant Sharma. Simmons was beaten by an Ishant delivery that held its line to hit the off-stump.The day however belonged to Dravid. His effort of 112 (274 balls, 10×4, 1×6) had its worth weight in gold as the battle-hardened veteran brought up one of his most satisfying three-figure mark on track where batting was difficult.West Indies spinner Devendra Bishoo celebrates after taking the wicket of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.He was the last man to be dismissed after nearly six and half hour vigil as he tried hit Devendra Bishoo (4/65) out of the park. The wicket was a two-paced one where the other top-order batsmen struggled for survival.The 38-year-old former India captain was a picture of confidence as he brought up his hundred in 252 balls when he jabbed a Fidel Edwards delivery to scamper home for a single.advertisementAmit Mishra (28, 60 balls, 4×4) whose sensible batting at the other end helped Dravid reach his individual milestone also deserves credit. The duo added 56 runs for the ninth wicket after Harbhajan Singh (5) and Praveen Kumar (0) departed early after lunch with India reeling at 183 for eight.When Mishra departed at 239, India have stretched their lead past 300 which looked to be a formidable one considering the nature of the track.The day however belonged to Dravid who showed that when the circumstances are adverse, there is no substitute to watertight technique and enormous powers of concentration. The effort was even more laudable as he showed lot of gumption while batting with the tail.This is Dravid’s fourth century against the West Indies, and he has now surpassed 1500 runs against the Caribbeans.If the first session belonged to West Indies who pegged India back with triple strikes of Virat Kohli (15), Suresh Raina (27) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16), the post lunch session till tea was all about Dravid’s patience and Mishra trying to counter attack.Starting the day at 91 for three, India reached 166 for six at lunch with Dhoni being dismissed at stroke of lunch.The Indian captain should consider himself unlucky as Bishoo had overstepped during the delivery.During the post-lunch session, Harbhajan Singh (5) curbed his natural instincts to play shots and dropped anchor at one end. However a debatable decision from umpire Daryl Harper saw him back in the hut. The delivery from Sammy hit him on the left thigh and was clearly heading over the stumps.Sammy then picked up Praveen Kumar (0) as he played a nothing sort of short going for an ugly hoick when the situation demanded some discretion.But then Mishra joined Dravid which could well prove to be the decisive partnership of the match.A cautious Dravid tried to shield him initially by refusing singles early in overs but it didn’t take him long to develop trust on Mishra who even looked good against the second new-ball.Dravid was on 80 when Mishra joined him but the pair frustrated the hosts immensely and stretched the lead beyond 300 runs.Once Dravid reached his hundred, Mishra hit a spanking cover drive as if to celebrate the feat of his senior. It also followed with a solid square cut as the West Indians got increasingly frustrated.Dravid first played a risky shot after completing his ton. It was a straight six off Bishoo. However Mishra who had gained in a lot of confidence as he tried to slash Sammy only to be holed out in the third man region.Ishant Sharma started off with a cover driven boundary.He could have been Sammy’s fifth victim but a stiff return catch was just out of reach for the West Indian captain.advertisementIt was Bishoo who finally got his seventh victim of the match when Dravid tried an uncharacteristic ugly hoick that was easily caught by Ramnaresh Sarwan. It was an effort that saw him get standing ovation from his team-mates.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Edinson Cavani was left struggling for words after his sensational brace helped Uruguay defeat Portugal 2-1 in the round of 16 at FIFA World Cup 2018. On Saturday at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, Cavani scored twice to send Ronaldo packing in what was possibly his last World Cup appearance.Cavani put Uruguay ahead in the seventh minute when he evaded the Portugal defence to meet Luis Suarez’s pinpoint cross with a bullet header at the far post.Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving their captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Real Madrid forward could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSCavani will surely be the toast of the nation. Earlier in the evening, France had knocked out a major South American country, Argentina. Later in the night, a South American country rallied hard to dash the hopes of the 2016 European champions.Messi, Ronaldo dreams dashed as Argentina, Portugal bow outUnderstandably, the 31-year-old PSG striker was ecstatic.”I am happy for what happened today, I hope we can go further,” Cavani said. “It’s exciting…there are no words to describe this. Really, really, really happy – look at our fans! I want to continue dreaming,” he said at the end of the match.advertisement2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMeanwhile, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said the result was not fair.”It’s not a fair result, we did enough for another result,” Santos said. “Uruguay scored with their first shot on our goal. We are very sad but that’s football.”Edinson Cavani sends Uruguay into quarter-finalsUruguay will play France in the last eight in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.(With Reuters inputs)
Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says plans are in place to revive the country’s Culinary Arts Festival and Competition beginning next year. Introduced during the 1970s, the festival, which showcased the island’s rich culinary food and delights, was later discontinued after having been staged for a number of years. “It will now be resuscitated and have pride of place. It will include hoteliers and other Jamaicans from all walks of life. We’ll also be going into the villages. Through this effort, we’ll re-establish the cottage industry with Jamaican foods and treats,” she said. Story Highlights Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says plans are in place to revive the country’s Culinary Arts Festival and Competition beginning next year.Introduced during the 1970s, the festival, which showcased the island’s rich culinary food and delights, was later discontinued after having been staged for a number of years.“It will now be resuscitated and have pride of place. It will include hoteliers and other Jamaicans from all walks of life. We’ll also be going into the villages. Through this effort, we’ll re-establish the cottage industry with Jamaican foods and treats,” she said.The Minister was speaking at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Culinary Expo held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on August 2.Additionally, Ms. Grange said there are plans to have the festival “institutionalised, so that it can be sustained,” and has asked Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, to commit budgetary support in this regard.The JCDC’s Culinary Arts Specialist, Dr. Pamella Powell, welcomed the festival’s resuscitation, describing the move by the Culture Minister “as a great thing to revive”.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange urged the protection of certain “works (of food) and final product on display,” which can be classified as intellectual property.“Far too often, we see food shows on networks that have creations that are distinctively Jamaican, but other nations take credit. They cleverly use the term, ‘Jamaican-style jerk, juices and pastries’, with none of the input or labour being Jamaican.We have to protect them,” Ms. Grange emphasised.Turning to other matters, the Minister said plans exist to have reggae music inscribed and protected as an “intangible cultural heritage” with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).The aim of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage is to ensure those included on the list are better protected and to bring awareness of their significance worldwide.It is expected that in November, the country will know whether it is successful in its efforts to have reggae music on the list of intangible cultural heritage.The Minister added that a submission to UNESCO will also be made to include “our food, as these strides will protect the local economy and small players”.For his part, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, noted that 40 per cent of the expenditure of visitors to the island last year was spent on food experiences.He said that Jamaica has now established itself as the premier gastronomy destination of the Caribbean, after having been the only country in the region last year to have an exposition “which the United Nations World Tourism Organization calls the Gastronomy Prototype”.Mr. Bartlett noted that it has become necessary to train and build up the professionalism of those in the culinary profession, especially chefs, through the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation, which graduated 150 participants a few months ago.These graduates received the American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification and American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) designation.“We want to give them certification, so that…we won’t have to be importing chefs from across the world, because we will be producing our own in Jamaica,” he said.During the expo, patrons toured several booths and sampled a number of local cuisines from hotels as well as the HEART Trust/NTA. The JCDC’s 55th anniversary cake was also cut.
Companies in this story: (TSX:ZZZ)Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc.’s $88.7 million purchase of Canadian mattress start-up Endy won’t mean the two will be amalgamated or that the legacy brand will cease selling products from Endy’s bed-in-a-box competitors.Toronto-based Sleep Country said Friday that the two will operate separately and that Sleep Country won’t abandon selling the Bloom mattress-in-a-box that it launched in May 2017.“Bloom is not going anywhere. We sell it out of our stores and we sell it online and we plan to keep doing that,” said David Friesema, Sleep Country’s chief executive officer, on a call with analysts. “It is one of our fastest growing product launches we ever had in our history.”Friesema said Sleep Country was interested in buying Endy — built by two friends that met as high school students in Calgary and disrupted the mattress industry when they launched their company in 2015 — because of the synergies between the two brands.Despite Endy and its U.S. rival Casper increasing competition in the sleep products industry, he said the Endy purchase wasn’t meant to be a “defensive move.”“We have been watching carefully and we have been talking for awhile,” Friesema said. “This is the right time to make the purchase.”Executives said both companies were keen on the acquisition because they will each benefit from it. Endy will be able to leverage Sleep Country’s logistics, warehouse and shipping expertise, while Sleep Country will be able to tap into Endy’s e-commerce technology and digital marketing prowess.They said it is unlikely that Endy products will land in Sleep Country stores, though they admitted executives had discussed the possibility but decided to leave the decision up to Endy to make in the future.Their partnership comes at a key time for both brands. Sleep Country has long been grappling with bed-in-a-box competitors and the growth of e-commerce. It only launched an online sales offering about a year ago and has been keeping an eye on how it can reinvigorate its brick-and-mortar spaces and boost its sleep accessory sales.Meanwhile, Endy’s last year has put it on track to post $50 million in revenues this year, though it has also been challenged by competitors. Casper has aggressively expanded in Canada and is slowly opening retail stores — a feature Endy has yet to delve into.Friesema said Endy will continue to evaluate whether it should jump into brick-and-mortar.“We do test things,” he pointed out. “That will probably be more likely than ever being in a Sleep Country store, but there is no decision that has been made 100 per cent on that yet.”Rajen Ruparell, Endy’s co-founder and chairman, added that for now the company has been focused on growing its traffic online because 100 per cent of its sales are done through e-commerce.He also said the 38-employee company was committed to remaining as “lean and efficient as possible,” even as it grows.For now, the companies are waiting for the deal — $63.7 million in cash paid at closing and up to an additional $25 million in 2021 based on the achievement of growth and profitability in targets in 2020 — to close and regulatory approvals to be received by Thursday.“It’s early days. We just got married last night and we are encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit between the organizations,” Stewart Schaefer, Sleep Country’s chief business development officer, said. “The team will come together and look under the covers and see where there are synergies.”
In a morning report, analysts at Desjardins Energy Research agreed the election results were a “positive development” for the oil and gas sector.They add, however, that the province’s difficulty in moving oil to market due to a lack of pipeline capacity, blamed for steep discounts in western Canadian crude prices last fall, will remain a major thorn in the side of the new government.The TSX capped energy index, which tracks oil and gas company stock prices, was up almost one per cent in early trading Wednesday morning, led by gains by many Canadian oil and gas producers including Suncor Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. and a strengthening U.S. benchmark oil price.CAPP points out that the UCP has also pledged to spend up to $30 million to combat misleading news reports about the industry, and to create a “war room” to examine foreign-funded anti-oil campaigns.“CAPP is encouraged by premier-elect Jason Kenney’s commitment to the oil and natural gas industry and looks forward to working constructively with the UCP to ensure the province meets its energy goals,” it said. CALGARY _ The Alberta oilpatch is applauding the provincial election win by Jason Kenney and his United Conservatives.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers offered congratulations and welcomed the UCP’s commitment to making regulatory, economic and fiscal policy reforms.It says it endorsed UCP election promises to cut the corporate tax rate to eight per cent from 12 per cent, develop a natural gas strategy, reduce red tape and complete a review of the Alberta Energy Regulator within the first 180 days.
Lahore: The battered body of 16-year-old servant Uzma Bibi was found dumped in a canal and her wealthy employer charged with murder, the latest case highlighting the dangers domestic workers — especially children — face in Pakistan. Police said Uzma died after blows to the head with a kitchen utensil. She had been working for the family in Lahore for eight months when she was killed in January this year. Her employer and two other women remain in custody as a police investigation into the murder and allegations of mistreatment drags on. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “I will not give up, I prefer death, I will not let them go, I want to see them pay for what they did,” Uzma’s distraught father, Muhammad Riaz, told AFP. The teenager earned just 4,000 rupees (USD 28) per month. In Pakistan, 8.5 million domestic workers — including many children — labour for wealthier families according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). “Parents often see their children as a way to lift their families out of poverty,” explained Arooma Shahzad, general secretary of the Domestic Workers’ Union, the country’s first — and still its only — such organisation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls But domestic workers often face exploitation, violence, and sexual abuse. Pakistan’s patriarchal culture, with its rigid social class structure, often prevents them from having a voice. Children are particularly vulnerable, and Uzma’s case is the latest in a growing number of incidents involving minors. In 2016 a Pakistani judge and his wife were imprisoned for torturing their 10-year-old maid, while in 2017 a famous TV presenter was charged for forcefully detaining her teenage maid. “Minors who become domestic workers often find themselves in a very vulnerable position, the target of abuse and exploitation by their employers,” warned Shahzad. Theoretically it is illegal to employ anyone under the age of 15 in Pakistan, but it remains a common practice. Saba, 15, had to leave school to work as a maid in Lahore. “I do not really have a choice, I have to work in two homes every day (to help) my family,” she said. Her younger sister is expected to follow in her footsteps soon. Details of Uzma’s murder were sensationally revealed during a popular TV show, during which presenter Mukarram Kaleem made a passionate plea for justice. The tragic story gave rise to a torrent of outrage on social media with many using the #JusticeforUzma hashtag, and a broader debate on the rights of domestic workers in Pakistan, including children. For Shahzad, such incidents denote a lack of “humanity”. “We do not even consider our servants as human beings,” she lamented. In December 2018, the increasing number of cases of ill-treatment led the parliament of Punjab province to set regulations for the employment of domestic workers, which theoretically grants them rights such as sick leave and holidays. Lawyer Sheraz Zaka admitted it was only a “first step”, but hopes it will pave the way for more controls and a “better balance” of power. The law is still in its infancy and does not cover the other provinces of Pakistan. Because servants are often illiterate, many are unaware of such changes to their rights, or unable to insist employers adopt the new rules. For Kaleem, it is urgent for Pakistan to re-examine how it treats domestic workers. He said: “People are starting to realise and talk about it. There is more awareness among people that it is not the way to treat servants, and that they have to change their ways.”