Online registration deadline nearing for B.C. Peace Country Driver Rats poker derby

first_imgThose who are unable to register by Friday will still be able to register on the day of the event at the Peace Island Boat Launch at 10 a.m.Tickets cost $25 which includes supper at 6 p.m. Prizes will also be handed out throughout the event. The River Rats will also be accepting new and used camping gear for the Fort St. John Scouts. – Advertisement -People wanting to take part can do so by registering at www.peacecountryriverrats.ca.The event takes place at Peace Island Park.last_img

Tidy Towns garden competition in Buncrana to take place next week

first_imgThe Buncrana Tidy Towns’ garden competition will take place next week at the Buncrana Library it has been announced. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30pm with refreshments being served on the night.The committee would like to extend a special thank you to Anne Doherty who anchored this year’s competition and to our celebrity Judge, Horticulture Instructor Gareth Austin. Meanwhile, the awards ceremony for the 2019 Supervalu TidyTowns competition will take place on Monday 30 September in the Helix, Dublin.A spokesperson for Buncrana Tidy Town’s said: “We would like to wish our fellow Tidy Towns groups across Donegal the very best of luck for Monday. The work put in by volunteers across the county has as always been fantastic.”Tidy Towns garden competition in Buncrana to take place next week was last modified: September 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Woman’s family kill man over relationship in Bikaner

first_imgThree people, including the father of a woman, were arrested in Bikaner on Thursday for allegedly thrashing to death a 22-year-old man from another community who they believed was involved in a relationship with her, police said. Saif Ali Khan was abducted by nearly half a dozen people, including the father and cousin brothers of the woman, on Tuesday night, they said. He was brutally thrashed and dumped in a drain, the officials added. Police traced the victim and admitted him to a government hospital where he died yesterday morning, an official said.“The man was involved in a relationship with a woman. When the woman’s family came to know about the affair, they fixed her marriage elsewhere, but the man was trying to make contact with her so that they can elope” Sub Inspector of Naya Shahar Police Station Bhajan Lal said.Bikaner SP Swai Singh Godara said the family had fixed the woman’s marriage with another man on May 12 in haste, but Khan kept pursuing the woman. The case cannot be given a communal angle as the woman’s family members were against her marrying outside their caste, the SP added.According to police officials, a case was registered against seven persons.last_img read more

Spurs retire Manu Ginobili’s jersey during emotional ceremony

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants The Spurs retired Ginobili’s No. 20 following a 116-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.“What am I doing here,” Ginobili said. “I had no expectations of being here when I was growing up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe and Bill Bradley are the only players to win an NBA championship, Euroleague title and an Olympic gold medal. Ginobili won four NBA titles with the Spurs. Despite all his accomplishments and talent, Ginobili accepted a role coming off San Antonio’s bench for all but 349 of his 1,057 games during his 16 seasons with the Spurs.“To me, he’s the definition of Spurs basketball because he had no ego,” former Spurs point guard Tony Parker said. Parker and Tim Duncan honored the fellow Big Three star during a funny and heartfelt ceremony that also included speeches by Popovich and former Spurs and Argentina teammate Fabricio Oberto.Former San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s jersey is unveiled in the rafters of the AT&T Center during his retirement ceremony after the Spurs’ NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 116-110. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)While Ginobili’s jersey now rests alongside those belonging to Johnny Moore, Avery Johnson, Bruce Bowen, James Silas, Tim Duncan, Sean Elliott, George Gervin and David Robinson, the thousands of No. 20 jerseys worn by the fans in attendance is proof he remains dear to the fans’ heart.“His presence off the court was always something special,” Popovich said. “The people here took him in as one of their own and he allowed it to happen. He’s a very warm individual and understood his responsibility to the community. It was a great marriage from day one to this day.”Ginobili spent his entire NBA career with the Spurs, where he became arguably the most beloved player in franchise history.“First time I’m on the court, you guys are cheering and chanting my name and I felt like you guys had my back,” Ginobili said, thanking the sellout crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Former San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili watches as his jersey is unveiled in the rafters of the AT&T Center during his retirement ceremony after the Spurs’ NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 116-110. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili would have been happy to retire quietly without the Spurs retiring his jersey, but San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the humble Argentinian has no choice but to accept with the same passion he gave to the game.“When you’re that great, you have to go through it, so we’re going to make him go through it,” Popovich said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Gervin, Robinson, Duncan and Parker are among the most popular but none captured the city’s devotion as much as Ginobili. His ability to speak Spanish in a city predominantly Hispanic played a part in his popularity, but his humility, recklessness, fire and endeared him to the team’s rabid fanbase.“Because he’s always 100 percent natural,” former Spurs forward Boris Diaw said. “He just had a great connection with the fans, he spent a lot of time with them. He would never say no to take a picture, never say no to take a picture.”Ginobili’s introduction to the team was inauspicious. The Spurs drafted a then unknown Ginobili with the 57th pick of the 1999 draft and let him stay in the Euroleague for a few more seasons.“We pick people I’ve never heard of. I hear … Emmaniel Ginili,” Duncan said, recreating the puzzled look of draft day.But it quickly became apparent what San Antonio had from the moment the then-mop-topped 25-year-old stepped onto the court against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 29, 2002.“He was like a mustang out in the field somewhere,” Popovich said. “That’s how he lived his life on the court he was fearless and wild and did things that won games.”Popovich said Ginobili helped him become a better coach because he was able to take a step back and not nitpick over. Even if meant watching a pass sail into the stands.“Nobody can control Manu,” Parker said. “Manu is going to be Manu.”Ginobili also displayed an offensive style that has been adopted by an entire generation. His breakneck Euro-step, wrap-around ballhandling, hard fakes and step-back 3s have been adopted by players such as James Harden.“Manu brought something new, something different and a lot of young guys at the time look at him and trying to copy it and seeing that it was working,” Diaw said. “So, I think it’s the guys we see now on the court are the young guys (watching Ginobili) from a few years ago.” MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving GALLERY: ONE Championship holds star-studded ‘A New Era’ presser Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View commentslast_img read more

In a 1st in Test cricket, Ashes jerseys to have players’ names and numbers

first_imgTest cricket is all set to undergo a major change as Australia and England will lineup with names and jersey numbers on their Test whites in the upcoming Ashes series. ODI and T20I jerseys have had personalization on their backs since a long time, but Test matches had to wait for this change.England Cricket official Twitter handle confirmed the jersey number of team’s Test match skipper Joe Root and wrote “Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts,” as the caption.Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts! pic.twitter.com/M660T2EI4ZEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) July 22, 2019Earlier this year, there were reports that Ashes series between England and Australia would bring in the modernization of cricketing kits.Cricketing fans on Twitter seemed divided on this development in Test cricket and made their voices heard on the social-networking platform.”Absolutely no problem with numbers 1 to 11 etc but can’t see the benefit of names or random high numbers on shirts. I guess it’s all to do with increasing merchandise sales hoping a name will sell more. @YorkshireCCC,” wrote one fan.Absolutely no problem with numbers 1 to 11 etc but can’t see the benefit of names or random high numbers on shirts. I guess it’s all to do with increasing merchandise sales hoping a name will sell more. @YorkshireCCCNicholas james Bramall (@jimbram61) July 22, 2019″Names r okay bt never got the idea about these random numbers in cricket…could still live with it in ODIs n T20s bt spare tests…names r fine bt w/o numbers @ICC,” another fan tweeted.advertisementNames r okay bt never got the idea about these random numbers in cricket…could still live with it in ODIs n T20s bt spare tests…names r fine bt w/o numbers @ICCMainak (@MGuptaLIVE) July 22, 2019On July 14, England scripted history as they managed to win their maiden 50-over World Cup and the side will look to continue their winning momentum going.England will take on Ireland in a one-off four-day Test from July 24 and then the team will face Australia in the Ashes, beginning August 1.Also Read | My vote goes to Kane Williamson: Ben Stokes responds to New Zealander of the Year nominationAlso Read | James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test as Ashes loomslast_img read more

Common Joins AdoptAClassroomorg and Burlington Stores to Support Teachers and Students in

first_img96% of teachers nationwide bear the cost each year to equip their classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn. To help alleviate this burden, Adopt-A-Classroom, the award-winning national non-profit organization that helps students and teachers get the materials they need to learn and achieve in the classroom, has teamed up for the second consecutive year with the national off-price retailer, Burlington Stores to support teachers and students nationwide through a chain-wide point-of-sale campaign going on now through August 18.Showcasing his dedication to the cause is Oscar Winning Actor, Artist and Activist, Common, who is once again joining forces with AdoptAClassroom.org and their partner Burlington Stores this back-to-school season. Together with his mother, Dr. Mahalia Hines, a 35-year educator and Chicago Board of Education member, he has worked tirelessly to help hundreds of students have the resources and opportunities they need to have a successful future.On average, teachers spend more than $740 each year to equip their classrooms with the basic materials students need to learn, a spending increase of nearly 25% over the last three years. Further, more than 28% of teachers spend over $1,000 each year to equip their classrooms with basic school supplies. Through this campaign, Burlington’s goal is to fund classroom resources that teachers need to do their job, helping to ensure all students have an equal chance to learn and succeed.This morning, Burlington Stores, AdoptAClassroom.org, Common and Dr. Hines surprised P.S. 111 with a $10,000 donation. This school adoption provides all teachers with funding to ensure they can prepare their classrooms ahead of the school year. Common and Dr. Hines then spent time with fourth and fifth grade students from P.S. 111, viewing some of their creative works including paintings and songs and learning about the inspiration behind them.“Spending time with students and teachers from P.S.111 this morning was a great reminder about how important it is to support schools and get them the supplies they need,” said Common. “My Mother has been in the Chicago school system for more than 35 years, and I am honored to do my part to help teachers get the materials they need to help their students succeed.”The national point-of-sale campaign kicked off in all 640 plus Burlington Stores nationwide on July 8. Customers are encouraged to donate $1 or more at checkout through August 18 to support AdoptAClassroom.org. To further demonstrate Burlington’s commitment to giving back to the communities that it serves, funds raised will be donated to a nearby classroom where there is a Burlington store, and for the retailer’s new stores opening this fall and spring, each new location will ‘adopt’ every teacher in a local school.“At Burlington, we are dedicated to supporting the communities where we live and work and for the second consecutive year, we are pleased to partner with AdoptAClassroom.org and we are honored that Common has continued his commitment to our effort. The funding raised in our stores will help to support teachers as they fill their classrooms with the tools their students need to succeed. Last year, we were able to provide assistance to more than 3,000 teachers and their 75,000 students, and with this year’s campaign, we look forward to furthering our impact,” said President, CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Tom Kingsbury.“It means a lot to AdoptAClassroom.org and the teachers we support to have Burlington as a second-year sponsor,” says Ann Pifer, executive director of AdoptAClassroom.org. “Our public/private partnership with Burlington, Common and Dr. Hines is a great example of the good we can do when we all work together.”For more information visit Burlington.com or AdoptAClassroom.org.last_img read more

Manitoba Liberals hope law will help workers talk about incident that killed

first_img(Barry Swan, centre bottom, speaks at the Manitoba Legislature)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsManitoba’s Liberals are poring over the province’s Workplace, Safety and Health Act hoping to find a part that will help protect workers willing to come forward to talk about an incident that killed a First Nations man in January.Todd Maytwayashing, 22, was working for the Manitoba Hydro contractor Forbes Brothers Ltd., when he was struck by a piece of falling steel at a job site near Gillam, Man.Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard said people working for Forbes, which is building a transmission line to carry power to Hydro’s $8.7-billion under-construction Keeyask Generating Station, want to share inside information.But they fear dismissal.“I understand there are others…who are ready to come forward to talk about the situation but are reluctant to do so for fear of losing their jobs,” said Gerrard (River Heights).Gerrard originally pitched the idea of expanding the Whistleblower Protection Act to Premier Brian Pallister earlier this week, suggesting coverage for employees at contract companies was needed to get information the Maytwayashing family wanted.But Gerrard switched gears Friday saying existing Workplace, Safety and Health legislation should provide the needed protection to get people to come forward.Maytwayashing’s father, Barry Swan, says he’s been hearing about “bullying and harassment and safety” from other workers.But he says those workers aren’t ready to share details with provincial Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) investigators without assurance their jobs are protected.“They are quite afraid and I am very afraid for them because they got young ones, they got mortgages, car loans, and if they’re black-balled from industry I wouldn’t want that to be our fault,” Swan said in an interview Thursday.Pallister, who paid a condolence call to Maytwayashing’s family last month, says he will personally look into the fatal workplace incident at the mega project.He also encouraged workers to speak up.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.“I would give assurance to anyone who has information that they would like to bring forward in the process of investigating this tragedy to bring that forward without fear of repercussions of any kind,” he told the Legislature Wednesday. “They deserve to feel entirely confident and safe in doing so.”Swan says he “was honoured” to have Pallister in his home.“He assured me that Hydro would come to my house and apologize face-to-face,” Swan said. “And he assured me this investigation would not be tampered with.”Gerrard said Friday he believes the WSH Act has enough teeth to protect workers who want to contribute information to the investigation.Swan says he just wants to know what led to his son’s death.“We’re trying to work with workplace safety to have an honest and fair investigation,” he said. “If Hydro and Forbes are willing to share information with us that doesn’t jeopardize anything is what we’re looking for at this point.”Meanwhile, Forbes has completed its own investigation.Senior manager Brenda Madley says Maytwashing was doing a “high-risk” part of the job when he was killed and the company has since made changes to try and reduce the danger of loading and unloading material.“Fatalities don’t occur very often at Forbes,” she said, noting the death of Maytwayashing and two others in eastern Canada last summer during a tower collapse “are the only three fatalities that we’ve had in 40 years.“Our workers are part of our family. I mean I can’t even tell you how difficult it is on every single individual that’s in the organization,” she added in a telephone interview from Edmonton.Madley said workers shouldn’t fear for their jobs if they want to report problems.“We want to know about unsafe conditions so that we can correct them,” she said.“We have several safety advisors on our Manitoba project. They are encouraged to report unsafe conditions.”Maytwashing’s is the second death at a Keeyask-related site since the project began in 2014. Carpenter Joseph Head suffered a brain bleed in 2017 that ultimately led to a fatal heart attack.His widow is suing Hydro alleging her husband died a “wrongful death.”last_img read more

Lawsuit goes after BC for isolating inmates

first_imgA new class-action lawsuit wants to seek damages for inmates subjected to solitary confinement.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA class-action lawsuit is seeking damages for time spent in solitary confinement on behalf of thousands of inmates in B.C. jails.The suit, filed last week in B.C. Supreme Court, still needs to be certified by a judge.If approved, lawyer James Sayce said he will pursue compensation for “lasting and permanent harms” incurred by people subjected to isolation.“In our view there are international standards which apply to the use of solitary confinement in jails,” he said from Toronto.“Solitary confinement should be a tool of last resort.”B.C. Corrections declined to comment for this story but said it intended to file a statement of defence.“With this matter before the courts, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” a spokeswoman added.Sayce, of the Koskie-Minsky firm, said B.C. uses solitary confinement for two reasons – administrative or disciplinary.But, he said, there aren’t “sufficient safeguards” to protect prisoners from being subjected to an abuse of those reasons.“The prison authorities will often justify the use of solitary confinement in inappropriate means,” he said in a telephone interview.Solitary confinement, Sayce said, should be used “sparingly” and, for some inmates, not at all.And when used, “a person should be released from solitary at the earliest possible time.”Concerns about practiceThe lawsuit applies to anyone – male and female – who spent time in solitary confinement while serving a sentence of less than two years in a B.C. correctional facility, Sayce added.“The harms associated with solitary for those groups, we say, rises to the level of cruel or unusual treatment, which is unconstitutional in this country,” he said.“People suffering from serious mental illness and people that are young – under the age of 18 – are not properly equipped to deal with the stresses of solitary confinement.”A large proportion of those inmates would be Indigenous people, like his representative plaintiff Cody Cragg of Vancouver Island, because he  said Canada has an “over-representation” of Indigenous inmates at all levels of the system.Sayce said Cragg was kept in solitary for lengthy periods while serving time at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre despite being diagnosed with mental health issues.“It’s our submission he’s a person who should never have been placed in solitary confinement,” he said.“He’s a person who should have been given treatment in a clinical setting.”Sayce said solitary confinement is used in all provincial and federal correctional institutions.He has already certified class-action lawsuits on behalf of inmates subjected to solitary in Ontario and while serving penitentiary time.In his 2017 report, Canada’s correctional investigator said Indigenous inmates were subjected to segregation more than other inmates – and, at the same time, found the use of segregation declining for non-Indigenous prisoners.Ottawa has since moved to eradicate the practice in the federal system by tabling Bill C-83.Sayce noted there is a syndrome associated with time spent in solitary confinement and damages will be higher for prisoners who spent the most time in a cell alone – sometimes up to 22 hours a day – with no human interaction.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Papal Visit To Cuba – 3522 Prisoners Pardoned Includes Nine Bahamians

first_img At Least 10 People Killed in Cuba from Hurricane Irma More Than 100 prisoners escaped in British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma Related Items:cuba, papal visit, pardoned, prisoners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHavana – The Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, has agreed to the release of 3522 prisoners.The Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas received the good news on Friday afternoon 11th September, 2015 when Ambassador Adams was officially notified by Ms. Anet Pino, Deputy Director of International Law and Multilateral Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cuba that nine (9) Bahamian inmates were also pardoned.Among the 3522 pardoned, included inmates over 60 years of age, younger than 20 years with no criminal record, chronically ill, women, those set for conditional release in 2016, and some serving and working in open conditions, as well as foreigners, provided that the country of origin guaranteed repatriation.With few exceptions for humanitarian reasons, this did not include persons sanctioned for the crimes of: Murder, Homicide, Rape, Pederasty with Violence, Corruption of Minors, Theft and Illegal Slaughter of Cattle, Drug Trafficking, Robbery with Violence and Intimidation against persons in their aggravated forms, nor those crimes committed against the security of the State.The decision took effect on Wednesday, 16th September 2015.On Wednesday, Ambassador Adams including Consul Saunders and Attaché Carey bade farewell to the nine (9) happy inmates as they boarded the flight carrier, Bahamasair at 1:15 p.m. destined for Nassau, Bahamas.The functionaries at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in both Cuba and The Bahamas as well as the Ministry of National Security in The Bahamas and the Embassy Staff networked to guarantee swift action in returning those nine (9) Bahamian men, who are now free from all of their sentences in the Republic of Cuba.The Bahamas government thanks the government of Cuba for this gesture of goodwill that stands as a symbol of our good and cordial relations and our Ambassador to the Vatican, HE Sean McWeeny has conveyed the country’s appreciation to his Holiness the Pope. Cuban military crash leaves 8 deadlast_img read more

Firefighters subdue small brush fire near Vista homes

first_img Posted: July 2, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, VISTA (KUSI) – Firefighters put out a small brush fire in Vista in around 20 minutes Monday morning, officials said.The fire broke out around 5 a.m. near the intersection of Breeze Hill Road and La Tortuga Drive near the Vista courthouse, Vista Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Schroeder said.Crews knocked down the flames of the around 600-square foot fire in about 15 minutes.No injuries were reported from the blaze, but if the fire had spread quickly it would have prompted evacuations, Schroeder said.Initial investigation pointed to a nearby homeless encampment as the probable source of the fire, Schroeder said.Vista firefighters remained on the scene for around an hour to fully knock down any remnants of the fire. KUSI Newsroom Firefighters subdue small brush fire near Vista homes July 2, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more