Registration for 52nd annual Oilmen’s Golf Tournament to begin next week

first_imgThe event itself will be at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club from June 4th until June 7th. Breakfast will be served every morning at the Lakepoint Golf and Country Club prior to play getting under way.As part of the tournament players are guaranteed to play 45 holes. There will be a free draw for a golf cart and there will be a barbecue and a dance at the Fort St. John Curling Club on June 7.The entry fee for this year’s tournament is $300 and all entries must be mailed. The entry form can be obtained by clicking here.- Advertisement –last_img read more

QPR snub approach for striker

first_imgQPR have snubbed an approach from Brentford for striker Rob Hulse.The Bees are keen to sign a target man following top scorer Gary Alexander’s recent move to Crawley Town and asked if Hulse was available.He is out of the first-team picture at Loftus Road but R’s boss Mark Hughes is reluctant to allow any of his 25-man squad to leave on loan.And on Friday evening there was no indication that Rangers were prepared to consider a temporary move for the 32-year-old, who moved to west London in 2010,Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kruger Park’s mopani worm harvest

first_imgSouth Africa’s Kruger National Park has launched a pilot project allowing local community members to harvest mopani worms in a closely monitored, sustainable way. Close monitoring For a period of two weeks until 28 December, 60 community members from the Nxanatseni region, between Punda Maria and Phalaborwa, will be given permits to harvest worms for their own consumption in the world-famous game reserve. He said the pilot project would be monitored closely to assess its impact and prevent over-harvesting. “Mopani worms are a great source of protein, and most people in Limpopo [province] eat them,” Mabasa added. “Scientists will monitor the ecological, social and economic impact of the harvesting process before, during and after the project has taken place to ensure that it does not negatively affect the ecosystem.”center_img Mabasa said the harvesters would be divided into six groups of 10 people each, each group being accompanied to the harvesting zone by a ranger and guide to protect them against attacks from animals. 23 December 2010 Source: BuaNews “With high unemployment levels in the rural communities outside the park around the harvesting area, we want to contribute positively towards the well-being and livelihoods of some of those families, especially during Christmas time,” said Kruger Park spokesman William Mabasa.last_img read more

Sanga lands in soup for speech

first_imgFormer Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara is on hot water after his highly acclaimed lecture at Lord’s, London, where he criticised what he alleged was a corrupt and politicised cricket administration in colombo.Sangakkara received a standing ovation after his outspoken remarks but they ruffled feathers in Sri Lanka, where Sorts Mnister Mahindananda Aluthgamage ordered an investigation into the speech.”Sangakkara’s lecture at the Marylebone Cricket Club seems to have disturbed a hornet’s nest,” the state-run Lankapuvath news agency said. “The minister ordered Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to make a report on Monday’s speech.”Sangakkara is likely to be called to explain, the agency said.The star’s controversial claims came just days after Sri Lanka’s sports minister said he had forced the national cricket board committee to step down following allegations of financial mismanagement.In his speech, Sangakkara welcomed the International Cricket Council (ICC) directive requiring all national boards to be elected without political interference. “We have to aspire to better administration,”said Sangakkara.”The administration needs to adopt the same values enshrined by the team over the years: integrity, transparency, commitment and discipline.” He said power games among cricket administrators,as well as board politics, had triggered rifts, ill feeling and distrust among key players. He quit the captaincy after Sri Lanka lost the World Cup final to India in the 2011 edition.Sangakkara, 33, became the youngest man to deliver the Cowdrey Lecture, which owns Lord’s. The lecture was inaugurated in 2001 in memory of the late former England captain Colin Cowdrey. Last week, the ICC gave all member boards until its next meeting in June 2012 to implement the new board ruling and a further 12 months to June 2013-before any sanctions will be considered.advertisementSangakkara recounted the history of cricket in Sri Lanka,ranging from the country’s emergence as a Test-match playing nation, their 1996 World Cup triumph and the attack on their team bus in Pakistan in 2009.The prolific 33-year-old batsman, who has scored over 8000 runs in 97 Tests, also attacked the way the sport is run in Sri Lanka, a move that brought immediate response back home.”He is a contract player. He has signed an agreement with the SLC and he can’t make a statement like that,”Aluthgamage said. “He has to get permission. He can’t talk about the cricket administration or cricket. He can say anything about him. I have written to the chairman of the board to go into this and get me a report immediately.” Sangakkara said cricket in his country had no consistent and clear administration. “After 1996, the board has been controlled and administered by a handful of well-meaning individuals either personally or by proxy rotated in and out depending on appointment or election,” he said.”Unfortunately, to consolidate and perpetuate their power, they opened the door of the administration to partisan cronies that would lead to corruption and wanton waste of cricket board finances and resources,” he said.In the hour-long speech, Sangakkara called upon the cricketing world to recognise the huge role that the sport now needs to play in promoting reconciliation at the end of a 30-year civil war. Terming the 1996 World Cup victory as something that unified the country he felt the historic event changed the dynamics of the SLC. Although he didn’t take Sanath Jayasuriya’s name, he did express his displeasure at how the left-hander, who is a sitting member of Parliament, was recalled into the team for a one-off T20 International and the first One-Day International against England recently. With inputs from agencies.last_img read more

New ‘Play Now’ Website Section

first_imgHave you ever wanted to play Touch Football but weren’t too sure where to start? The Touch Football Australia website has a section that has recently been added, Play Now, which tells you important information about starting out in the sport. The section features information including how to get started, what parents need to know, basic rules, what equipment you will need as well as information about registration and tips for referees and players when playing with players that are deaf or have hearing impairments. To view this section, please click on the ‘Play Touch Football’ menu on the top menu and click on ‘Play Now’ or click on the link below: Related LinksPlay Now!last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery explains hooking Lacazette to booing fans

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery explains hooking Lacazette to booing fansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery accepted supporters’ jeers for hooking Alexandre Lacazette during victory over Fulham.Lacazette had put Arsenal two goals in front following Granit Xhaka’s opener but was substituted for Aaron Ramsey after Aboubakar Kamara had halved the deficit.The decision was booed by a large number of fans, although Ramsey put the game beyond doubt with the third.”I understand the supporters,” he said.”Tactically we thought in that moment we needed to change for more balance. Above all we know (Jean Michael) Seri is coming on and need a player close to him, not to let him play easily with the ball.”Aaron Ramsey can do that and also help us in attack and scored. The reason is this. I need to do my work. And not maybe because every supporter can have a different opinion, tactically.”But I need to do my work, Lacazette his work and he scored also. He helped us and it was a very positive reaction.” last_img read more

20 days agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson focused on his players ‘in his post-match press conference following ‘s impressive comeback against West Ham United.The Palace manager was first asked about VAR, which had a hand to play in Palace’s second goal of their 2-1 win.However, he was keen to turn his attention away from English football’s hottest topic and instead discuss his side’s convincing display.”It works when it works in your favour of course,” the Palace boss said. “My major disappointment is going to be that that’s what you [the journalists at the press conference] are going to write about. I’d have preferred it if you write about the quality of our performance, that would give me more encouragement. “VAR is what it is. I can quite understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’ the decision as it were because it was unbelievably close, that’s pretty obvious. That was pretty obvious I think when it took so long for the screen to show everybody the linesman at the game was right or wrong.”And on this occasion, I’d say we came out on the right side of it. But I thought our performance over the 90 minutes meant that we don’t need to apologise to anyone for the fact that we won here today. I thought we were good value for it.”He added: “It’s a victory I think the players not only deserve but they certainly worked unbelievably hard for it and got it against a good West Ham team. We didn’t win because West Ham were bad. We were lucky enough to get the decisions we got but good enough to give the quality of performance we gave.” last_img read more

Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards were about more than the stars

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook BY BRAD WHEELER At the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala on Thursday in the grand ballroom of Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel, the stars received attention, but the industry underlings and machinery had moments too.So while Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush were on hand to receive the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, and Jann Arden, 54-40 and promoter Arthur Fogel were in attendance as inductees to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, lesser known figures and institutions were winners too. Among them: The Toronto Star’s Ben Rayner (music journalist), Warner Music Canada’s Steve Waxman (publicist), Dine Alone Records (independent label), Toronto’s Sonic Boom (independent record store), Kelowna, B.C.’s 99.9 Sun FM (radio station) and Toronto’s Massey Hall and Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre (performing arts venues).The ceremony was part of Canadian Music week, which continues to April 23.last_img read more

NAFTAs moment of truth Coming days could decide whether deal happens this

first_imgWASHINGTON – A moment of truth approaches in the NAFTA negotiations, with the coming days likely to reveal not only whether an agreement is achievable this year, but also how extensive such an agreement might be.Even participants at the negotiating table profess to be in suspense about how the United States will proceed, should it finally secure its much-coveted deal on autos.One thing everyone appears to agree on is that if a pact doesn’t happen soon, the prospects of one happening this year dim considerably: U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer has pegged the window at one or two weeks.Autos will be the first order of business when ministers gather Monday in Washington, in an effort to seal an agreement before elections in Mexico and the U.S. Congress slow the process.Any potential agreement hinges on the ability of Mexico and the U.S. to bridge a key ideological gap: in an effort to steer manufacturing north, the U.S.’s latest demand is that 40 per cent of every car be produced in high-wage jurisdictions, with some credit for spending on research.Mexico is set to deliver a counter-offer.The great unknown is what happens next, if the U.S. and Mexico make peace on the auto file. Would the U.S. stick to a series of hardline positions, or rush through the rest to wrap everything up?”That … probably is the crux of what happens next,” said one person familiar with the talks.”One does not know … how the next week will play out.”More than a half-dozen groups have been meeting in recent days to try clearing the non-controversial issues off the table, so the ministers can focus on the hardest political trade-offs.For example, one group met to discuss customs procedures, but avoided the toughest of all customs issues: online purchases and whether Canada will move its meagre $20 duty-free level closer to the U.S.’s $800 limit.One person who has closely followed the career and methods of U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer believes he is now deploying two textbook tactics in pursuit of a deal.The first is to create a deadline threat. This person, who asked to remain anonymous, calls the tactic, ”the death machine” — where some fearsome fate awaits your counterpart, in the absence of a deal. In this case, steel and aluminum tariffs are set to kick in June 1.The second is to make a bunch of difficult demands, some of which truly matter and some of which are a bluff, a thing to be traded off.This person suspects Lighthizer’s true goals involve autos, and the dispute-resolution systems under chapters 11 and 19 — and that the other, more expendable, demands involve dairy and duty-free purchases.”Bob is a good negotiator,” this person said. ”He uses the methods of a good negotiator.”He predicts the biggest confrontation with Canada will involve Chapter 19 — which Lighthizer has long resented as a violation of U.S. sovereignty, but which was a do-or-die issue for Canada in the original NAFTA, allowing companies like softwood-lumber producers to fight punitive duties.Other U.S. industries say their causes cannot be ignored.The pharmaceutical industry wants changes in the way drug prices are set; it wants more transparency and appeal rights, as well as longer patent-style protections on biologics treatments.The industry has powerful support in the U.S. Congress. Its most famous backer, Sen. Orrin Hatch, leads one of the two key committees that would be responsible for driving through any NAFTA implementing legislation before the current Congress leaves office.”Intellectual property remains a very high priority for (the administration),” said trade lawyer Brian Pomper, who works on such issues.”And that’s not dissimilar, to be honest, from lots of other (U.S.) administrations. You know, IP is not a partisan issue.”Pomper, a former counsel on the committee Hatch now leads, suggests an agreement in the next month could theoretically get to a vote well before the current Congress wraps up in December if lawmakers like the deal and move quickly, or if the arm’s-length U.S. International Trade Commission manages to complete a review ahead of deadlines.”You can do it pretty quickly,” Pomper said.”(But) if Congress has concerns about it, as you saw with (the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2016), that could really delay consideration.”One trade consultant says there’s another reason the U.S. might be in a hurry. It arose thousands of kilometres away this week in Beijing where, amid looming threats of a U.S.-China trade war, the two countries failed to reconcile their differences.With this potential clash of economic titans approaching, Eric Miller said the U.S. trade team is short-staffed. That means Lighthizer’s team can’t afford to spend much more time focusing on Canada and Mexico.”The push for a NAFTA deal is going to be there next week,” Miller said.He said the U.S. will either accept modest changes and reach a deal, or let NAFTA sit unfinished for the year.“Either way, it’s going to be a lot more China and a lot less North American on the U.S. agenda in the coming months.”last_img read more