Jacked up and ready for the Canadian Senior Men’s Championships

first_imgThe BC Senior Men’s Champs are ready to reload as the rink begins quest for the top prize at the Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships beginning Monday in Digby, Nova Scotia.The rink, consisting of Kelowna curlers skip Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson along with second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson qualified for the Canadian Championships after dominating the BC Championships last month in Richmond.“We’re really excited,” said Nelson’s Fred Thomson prior to leaving Saturday for the Maritimes.“We played really well in Richmond and if we continue to play like that I like our chances at the Canadians and going for to the Worlds.”Team BC opens the Championships seeded seventh and is slotted into Pool B with Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut.First up Monday is Jeff Thomas from Newfoundland and Labrador at 12:30 p.m. EDT before Ursel and Company takes to the ice to meet Quebec’s Richard Faguy in the evening draw at 7:30 p.m.“We would have liked to have played the next day,” Thomson said when asked about the team’s — running on all cylinders performance — at Richmond, where foursome suffered on only one loss during the round robin before hammering defending champion Wes Craig 7-2 in the final. “Since we put this team together we’ve been on quite a remarkable run . . . we’re 28-1 this year,” Thomson added.“We’ve all been throwing a lot of rocks since Richmond and have a lot of experience playing at this level. Hopefully we can pick it up as soon as we get back to the ice (in Digby).”Playing at the Canadians, Thomson realizes the competition will be that much better than Richmond.Looking at the rinks that have qualified, he sees a ton of Brier and Canadian experience on the opposing teams.“It’s interesting looking at the field that is here, most of the rinks have at least one player who has played at the Brier,” Thomson explained.Having said that, Thomson said BC is included in that assessment.“Both Don (Freschi) and I have been to the Brier along with Bob (Ursel) who even beat Dave (Stephenson) to with the Canadian Juniors when he curled for Manitoba,” Thomson said.The field is broken into two seven-team pools. Teams play a preliminary round from Monday to Wednesday with the top four teams qualify for the Championship draw to seed for the Playoffs.The Semi Final is set for Saturday at 9 a.m. with the Final going at 3 p.m.These Championships combine the Men’s and Women’s rinks.The Ursel Rink will be have a solid crowd of supporters as the Women’s BC Champs also are from Kelowna, with skip Diane Foster, third Leanne Ursel, second Cindy Curtain and lead Sherry Heath carrying the provincial BC colours.last_img read more

Liverpool fined for flares at Anfield against Atlético

first_imgA party on that March 11 that this week the same Klopp again referred to excuses, like another bandage on his defeat, arguing that the coronavirus crisis affected him in the preparation for the meeting. “We won on Saturday and we thought ‘there are two wins left’; on Monday we found out what there was and it was difficult …”, he declared. Three weeks later, Liverpool’s game against Atlético in Anfield continues to hurt. And not only because the defending champion of the Champions League cost him the elimination of the tournament, or rather, the fact that he added 2-3 from the return to the 1-0 rojiblanco of the first leg, goal of Saúl, with the following regrets of Klopp (“I do not understand Atleti but he is a fair winner”) who have been receiving replies and criticism all this time. Now it will also affect his pocket: UEFA imposes a fine of 3,250 euros (2,838 pounds) for lighting flares by his followers before and at the end of the match played at Anfield on March 11. Meanwhile, incidents that occurred during the first leg three weeks earlier have resulted in Atlético being fined 24,000 euros for blocking public halls. Other Premier clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Wolves, Celtic and Rangers have also been fined by UEFA for their matches in Europe just before the competitions stopped (four games from the second leg of the Champions League round of 16, in fact, Juve-Lyon, Bayern-Chelsea, Barça-Naples and Manchester City-Real Madrid have been postponed without a return date).last_img read more

Work begins as Ravena inks max rookie deal with NLEX

first_img“I’ve been around the PBA for almost all my life because of my dad, so I know how it goes,” he said.The idea, however, is still different from execution, and Ravena is hopeful he could get a seamless transition“Hopefully, the transition would be smooth. I know it’s a matter of maturity because in college, you get away with a lot of things. You play with younger guys if you’re the senior. But here, you play against much bigger, stronger, older and more intelligent guys with a lot of experience. So you have to counter that with a lot of things to be able to be efficient with your game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSigning a maximum rookie deal worth P8.5 million on Thursday, Kiefer Ravena couldn’t be more elated to formally join the NLEX family.“I’m very happy to be in a franchise where it wasn’t really hard to negotiate. More than the contract, it’s the honor to play for a franchise like NLEX,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Standhardinger: I don’t want Rookie of the Year award .@kieferravena: It’s nice to have my first game in an @nlexpba jersey. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/VN454ePVQr— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img READ: Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s futureAnd the work starts now for the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as he will have to prove his hype in this new chapter with the Road Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set But Ravena doesn’t mind the early grind with NLEX, which came back to work early in the offseason with more than a month to go before the opening.“I really wanted to come in early to make up for lost time and to make my transition a bit faster and smoother when the real practice time comes. So I’ve already learned a lot here, from the guys who I’ve been with or faced one way or another,” he said.READ: Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEXSeen as the most PBA-ready of the class, Ravena shared that his exposure to the culture of the pros all his life has prepared him for his moment, giving him a slight edge among the pack.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Liberian President’s Son Loses Poll

first_imgThe youngest and highly controversial son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Robert Sirleaf, who entered the 2014 Senatorial race for the coveted Montserrado seat, has been defeated by what appears to be a wide margin based on provisional results released via radio broadcasts so far.Robert was defeated in the poll by his archrival, soccer legend George Weah. Though the official pronouncement has not been declared by the National Elections Commission (NEC), yet provisional results counted, processed and posted at the Commission’s offices in the capital, Monrovia, indicate that Weah has accumulated over 50 percent of the votes cast.Another contender in the race, Benjamin Sanvee, openly congratulated Weah through a comment posted on his Facebook page.  According to Sanvee, an official congratulatory statement will be released shortly.There has not been any statement from Sirleaf.The President’s Unity Party recently declared Mr. Sirleaf “an enemy of the state”, urging voters not to elect him.Liberians participated in a senatorial election on Saturday, in the face of the country’s continued struggle to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus.The poll was carried out with enforcement of preventive measures as issued by the health authority. People were asked to wash their hands before entering polling centers, while voters were restricted to a three feet distance from each other within the queues.For fear of the risks that electoral activities posed to the fight against Ebola, voter turnout was very low in most parts of the country, including Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ngafuan Urges African Gov’ts to Prioritize Youth, Women Employment

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Ngafuan has expressed concern over political and economic problems and terrorist activities in some parts of Africa.Minister Ngafuan registered his concerns over the weekend at celebrations marking the 54th anniversary of the African Union (AU) held under the auspices of the Liaison Office in Liberia.He recalled the recent xenophobic attacks on fellow Africans by South Africans under the guise that the foreigners were taking over their jobs.Minister Ngafuan described the actions by South Africans as ‘Africophobic’ that requires collective actions to discourage this behavior on the African Continent.He also cited other instances of instability such as the disintegration of the Arab Republic of Libya, newly independent state of South Sudan, onslaught by Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria and Kenya by Al-Shabab.Other areas of concern, Minister Ngafuan pointed out are the current political developments in Burundi and the high risk African voyage through the deadly Mediterranean Sea in their quest for greener pastures.Commenting on the status of democracy in Africa, Minister Ngafuan reminded the assembly of diplomats that the presidential election held in the Federal Republic of Nigeria has elevated the democratic credentials of the African continent.On women’s empowerment, Minister Ngafuan acknowledged that Liberia has demonstrated deep commitment by being the first nation in Africa to elect a female president in the full blown history of the continent.He further added that troubling trends by African migrants dying in their hundreds while attempting to cross the Mediterrean Sea speaks volumes of the state of peace and security and youth employment in some parts of Africa.He underscored the need for the African continent to begin addressing the embarrassing situation at every level by African leaders and other stakeholders.He also stressed that African leaders and Africans themselves must go deep down into the root causes of the actual problems such as poverty and disease plaguing sectors of the African continent.Minister Ngafuan asserted that many people living on the continent harbor the fear of armed conflicts as a result of joblessness. Many young people are vulnerable to unwholesome and deviant enticements.He also cautioned that as Africans and their leaders aspire for development, Africans must ensure peace, security, youth employment, protection of rights of all persons on the continent.He further called for Africans and their leaders to build institutions that would be not only respecter of man but the protector of the rule of law.He further noted that Africans and their leaders must ensure technological advancement in order to consolidate the legacy of freedom of the African continent. He also extolled the excellent and exemplary roles and assistance of several financial institutions and support in the unwavering fight against the just eradicated deadly Ebola virus disease from the country.Minister Ngafuan named such institutions as African Development Bank (AfDB), World Bank, United States Agency for International Development, China, Nigeria, Ethiopia, United States of America, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and dozens of international medical agencies.He on behalf of the government extended thanks and appreciation for financial and material contributions of partners in the fight against Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Charges against Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington unconstitutional

first_img– Ralph Ramkarran, SC other legal luminariesSenior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran, in his weekly column, suggests that the charges against former Finance Minister Ashni Singh and former National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Executive Director Winston Brassington may be unconstitutional on the basis that they are not “public officers” in accordance with the Constitution.Singh and Brassington have been jointly charged by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) on three charges, using a UK common law application: “MisconductSenior Counsel Ralph Ramkarranin Public Office: Contrary to the Common Law.”Ramkarran states: “Questions have arisen as to who is a public officer. In England, which does not have a written constitution, or apparently any applicable statutory definition, case law developed. In R v Whittaker (1914), the court defined a “public office holder” as “an officer who discharges any duty in the discharge of which the public are interested, more clearly if he is paid out of a fund provided by the public.” More recently, in R v Dytham (1979), Chief Justice Lord Widgery referred to a public officer as one “who has an obligation to perform a duty”.Ramkarran refers to the Guyana Constitution by stating that in Guyana, however, the Constitution defines a “public officer” as “the holder of a public office”. A “public office” is defined as “an office of emolument in the public service.” And the public service excludes “the Office of the President, [and] Minister.….” and it also excludes “the office of a member of any board, committee or other similar body (whether incorporate or not) established by any law in force in Guyana.”Legal definitionVarious lawyers have also recently pointed out that using the definitions of “publicFormer Finance Minister Ashni Singhofficer”, “public office,” and “public service” as defined in Article 232 of the Guyana’s Constitution would exclude both Singh and Brassington, from the charges of “Misconduct in Public Office: Contrary to the Common Law.”Further buttressing their arguments, legal scholars point to a 2006 Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) case (“Griffith vs [Guyana Revenue Authority] GRA, AG”), where the Court found that while the GRA was a “public authority”, its employees were not and cannot be “public officers and employees” based on the [Guyana] Constitution.CCJ rulingThe CCJ ruling also referred to a Court of Appeal ruling that the “ …Guyana Electricity Corporation as a public corporation was mandated by section 9 (1) of the Public Corporations Act 1988 to employ its own officers and servants. The officers of public corporations appointed under these provisions were not or are not constitutional public officers nor were or are they public officers as defined in Article 232 of the Constitution.”Specifically, the CCJ in its 2006 ruling in favour of the GRA states under paragraph 46, “This court is firmly of the view that the Revenue Authority is a new corporate entity distinct from the government although it is a public corporation. The employees of the Revenue Authority are not holders of any public office nor are they employed in the service of the government of Guyana in a civil capacity; see also Chue and Hyman v Attorney General of Guyana (unreported, H.C.A. No. 6 of 1998) at pages 27 and 43 per Carl Singh J. (as he then was).”Paragraph 47 of the same CCJ ruling states: “The Court of Appeal in Michael Scotland v Guyana Electricity Corporation (unreported, Civ. App. No. 122 of 2000)Former Executive Director of NICIL, Winston Brassingtonconsidered legislation which placed electricity under the management of a public body and held rightly that the employees of that public body were not public service employees within the meaning of Article 232 of the Constitution.”UK lawRamkarran, in his column, provides useful information on the nature of the UK law. He said, “While the offence can be traced back to the 13th century, a definition, given by Chief Justice Lord Mansfield in the 1783 case of R v Rembridge emphasised its importance: “…. first that a man accepting an office of trust concerning the public, especially if attended with profit, is answerable criminally to the King for misbehaviour in his office; …. Secondly, where there is a breach of trust, fraud or imposition in a matter concerning the public, though as between individuals it would be actionable, yet as between the King and the subject it is indictable. That such should be the rule is essential to the existence of the country.”Over the centuries, the crime was characterised by vagueness. Fast forwarding to the 21st century, in 2003 in the case of Attorney General’s Reference (No. 3 of 2003), each defendant was charged with “misconducting himself whilst serving as a police officer by wilfully failing to take reasonable and proper care of [A], an arrested person in police custody”.“Seeking no doubt to modernise the definition of the offence, the Attorney General sought the opinion of the court on the following questions: *What are the ingredients of the common law offence of misconduct in public office? *In particular, is it necessary in proceedings for an offence of misconduct in public office for the prosecution to prove bad faith, and if so, what does ‘bad faith’ mean? The court responded that the offence is committed when: (1) a public officer, acting as such, (2) wilfully neglects to perform his duty and/or wilfully misconducts himself, (3) to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder, (4) without reasonable excuse or justification. It was made clear that it is an offence defined more by conduct than by results.This definition of “public trust” remained at large,” Ramkarran noted.He continued: “In 2008, Christopher Galley, a civil servant in the Home Office, was arrested for misconduct in public office for allegedly passing confidential and restricted documents to Damien Green. Green was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit, and being an accessory to, the alleged offence by Galley. The [Director of Public Prosecutions] DPP decided not to prosecute because, whilst there was damage to the Home Office’s arrangements for handling such documents, there needed to be additional damage, such as harm to national security, and in the absence of such evidence, there were no realistic prospects of conviction. The DPP’s decision highlighted the departure in practical terms, from the notion that the conduct, not the results, define the offence. The DPP’s decision emphasised that in prosecutorial decision-making, the results of the impugned acts are a critical element in determining whether a conviction is likely. And if it is not, the State’s resources should not be wastefully expended in vainly pursuing a conviction. Although “public trust” was not an explicit issue, an understanding of it, in the sense of harming the public, was taking shape in legal circles.”He reminded that “in the more recent case of R v W (2010), the Court of Appeal of England broadened and expanded the definition of the offence, exacerbating the existing confusion. Included were: frauds and deceits (in office); wilful excesses of official authority (malfeasance); the international infliction of bodily harm, imprisonment or other injury upon a person (oppression). Notwithstanding this decision, the House of Lords in R v Rimmington, R v Goldstein (2005) has suggested that the charge of misconduct in public office should be imposed only where there is no statutory offence, but where the behaviour should nevertheless be considered as criminal”.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo has pointed out that all three charges against Singh and Brassington are frivolous and all three matters were approved by the Cabinet. Former President Donald Ramotar has also come out strongly in defence of Singh and Brassington.In concluding on the charges, a legal scholar has posited that this is “an open and shut case”. Neither Singh nor Brassington are “public officers” and as such. the law under which they are charged (based on both the Constitution and legal precedents all the way to the CCJ) cannot be applied to them. Even without this point, both Brassington and Singh can strongly argue that any action related to the charges is excused or justified, having obtained Board and Cabinet approvals for each of the transactions – strong evidence of oversight, supervision, and authority to act. On the other elements of the offence, the DPP would have difficulty showing that the actions that are almost a decade old, “amount to an abuse of the public trust”, or “reflect one who wilfully neglects to perform his duty.” Lack of a valuation, particularly when compared with a public tender and lacking any basis in law, can hardly be criminal, particularly when there is Cabinet authority and approval, for each transaction.The DPP is yet to respond to a written request by former AG Anil Nandlall to review the charges against Singh and Brassington. Yet, similar charges instituted by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) against five sitting Ministers, on the other hand, have been thrown out by the DPP.last_img read more

Flyers rebound with solid effort in win over the Comets

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers got back into the win column with an emphatic victory over the visiting Manning Comets on Saturday night.Jeff Fast got the home side on the board with 15:16 to go in the opening period, assisted by Dan Pappin and Brady Busche. Four minutes and seven seconds later Jordan Harder found the net after a great individual effort to make it 2-0. Busche scored his second of the frame with 4:02 to go after accepting a saucer pass from Rick Cleaver, Rylan Sideroff with the secondary assist. The Flyers skated into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.Steven Fast finished off a sweet passing play between Robbie Sidhu and Bryan Lewis 1:22 into the middle frame to make it 4-0. Rick Cleaver buried a one-timer off a feed from Jeff Shipton with 7:44 to play. Pappin got in on the action three minutes later when he buried a juicy rebound off a shot from Sam Brennan. The Flyers took a 6-0 into the final twenty minutes of play.Robbie Sidhu scored the home sides seventh goal 5:33 into the final stanza, assisted by Rylan Sideroff and Lien Miller-Jeannotte. The visitors broke the shutout with 6:32 remaining to make it 7-1.- Advertisement -Travis McLean stopped 18 of 19 shots, while the Flyers fired 51 rubbed biscuits on the Comets goaltender. Rick Cleaver, Brady Busche, Rylan Sideroff and Robbie Sidhu each chipped in with two-point outings.“It game tonight was a night and day difference from our Dawson Creek performance,” said Andrew Leriger. It amazing what happens when you have a full roster of players and the compete level is where it needs to be.”Next up for the Flyers is a trip to Manning to finish off the home and home series with the Comets on Friday. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

SuperPark NOT confirmed in Parks and Recreation Master Plan: City of Fort St. John

first_imgFarris concludes by affirming the city’s current knowledge of the community’s wants and needs, saying he’s confident the process of shaping the Master Plan will be a positive one and looks forward to further consultation with the residents of Fort St. John. The review was an inventory of recreation infrastructure and its utilization – a partnership between Fort St. John, Taylor and the PRRD.This is said to help inform the Master Plan processThe review refers to the SuperPark and in part reads, “…recent precedents has shown that this type of amenity would likely be more successful as part of a larger multiplex facilty with higher traffic, cross-programming potentials, economies of staffing, operation overheads and shared use of support spaces…”Farris also acknowledges President of North Peace Family SuperPark Jaandi Roemer’s hard work in trying to solidify the facility, saying, “Her commitment to our community is what makes Fort St. John such a great place to live,” and says the city “look[s] forward to her continued involvement.”Advertisement “We haven’t started our master planning process,” says General Manager of Community Services Wally Ferris. “The SuperPark will be one of those items that have been asked for.”Some other requested items Farris refers to are a new gymnastic centre and a new indoor soccer pitch.He says City Council will make their final adjustments to the Recreation Master Plan once they complete the regulatory process – much of which will be in the form of public consultation.- Advertisement -“So making sure everyone is aware of what we have now, what’s required to keep it going and here’s what’s been asked for – what is the community’s priorities on those?”“Once the Master Plan is adopted by council, then budgets will be developed for council’s consideration.”In a distributed press release, Farris refers to the North Peace Sub-Regional – Recreation Facility Inventory and Assessment review as a possible culprit of the misinformation regarding the confirmed construction of the SuperPark within a new multiplex facility.Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Man City midfielder in line for Lorient move

first_img Gelson Fernandes 1 Lorient are lining up a move for ex-Manchester City and Leicester City midfielder Gelson Fernandes.The 27-year-old, who made 43 Premier League appearances during his time at City, is under contract at Freiburg until 2016.Lorient want him and they are expected to open discussions over a four-year deal imminently.The Switzerland international spent time during the 2011/12 season on loan at Leicester.last_img