The Kootenay Wild snap winless skid by stopping Vancouver Island Seals

first_imgSome would call it an upset.The Kootenay Wild call is a hard-fought victory.The Interior squad scored a 2-1 BC Hockey Female AAA League victory over the Vancouver Island Seals Saturday in Campbell River.The victory, the second of the season as Kootenay defeated Banff Academy during the exhibition season, was the first league win of the season for the Wild, snapping a six-game losing streak.Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was solid between the pipes for the Wild as the veteran backstop rode the goal scoring of Emma Wheeldon of Nelson to the victory. Kootenay opened the three-game Island road trip dropping a narrow 3-2 loss to Vancouver Island.A third-period goal by Brittney Savard snapped a 2-2 tie allowing the hosts to win the game.Wheeldon and Kendra Waterstreet of Fruitvale scored for the Wild.In the final game of the series, Vancouver Island shutout the Wild 4-0.Hartland and Kaitlyn Daly of Coquitlam shared the netminding duties for Kootenay.The Wild, 1-7-1 on the season, return to action November 13 in Coquitlam against the Greater Vancouver Comets.The FMAAA program was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite female Midget teams. The league has had nearly 100 players move on to post-secondary hockey opportunities.The Kootenay Wild is one of six teams in the BC Hockey FMAAA.The team consists of players from Nelson, Fruitvale, Rossland, Trail, Castlegar, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Grand Forks, Kaslo and Coquitlam.last_img read more

Judge Sachs honoured in NY

first_imgPoster for an address Judge Albie Sachs gave on same-sex marriage to the University of Chicago’s Human Rights Programme in 2006Janine ErasmusJustice Albie Sachs, who spent five decades of his life fighting for freedom and democracy in South Africa, will be honoured on 17 March by Shared Interest, a leading social investment fund based in New York.At the company’s annual awards gala Sachs will receive recognition for his fight for social and economic justice and human rights in South Africa.Also to be honoured for their commitment to economic democracy and development in South Africa are US leaders Debra Lee of Black Entertainment Television Networks (BET), Nadine Hack of beCause Global Consulting, and Jerry Dunfey of the Global Citizens Circle.A young freedom fighterBorn in 1935, Albert Louis Sachs began his career in 1956 as a civil rights advocate, defending those charged under South Africa’s apartheid laws. Many of his clients faced the death penalty, and Sachs himself was harassed by security forces, being banned and twice detained in solitary confinement.In 1966 Sachs went into exile in England, where he continued to study law, and then Mozambique. He spent 11 years in each country but, as a member of the African National Congress (ANC) liberation movement, did not escape the watchful eye of the South African security forces. In 1988 Sachs was almost killed by a bomb planted in his car by South African agents. The blast took most of his right arm and the sight in one eye, but didn’t manage to stop his work.In 1990 the ANC and other anti-apartheid organisations were unbanned in South Africa, and Sachs returned home. He served on the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the ANC, and played an important role in the negotiations between the apartheid government and the ANC that led to South Africa becoming a constitutional democracy.The supreme law of South AfricaSachs is currently a justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. Established in 1994, the Constitutional Court deals with matters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Constitution, the supreme law of South Africa. The court does not make judgements of innocence or guilt – those are for the ordinary courts to decide – but instead interprets the Constitution and applies it to matters of dispute.Sachs was appointed to the court by former president Nelson Mandela. He has been instrumental in a number of important decisions, most notably that on same-sex marriage. Here the court overthrew the current statutory definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, saying that this definition was a violation of the Constitution’s general mandate of equal rights, more specifically of its mandate against discrimination based on sexual orientation.Sachs has also been a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s International Bioethics Committee, and helped draft the International Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights.In 2006 President Thabo Mbeki awarded Sachs the Order of Luthuli, bestowed on South Africans who have made a meaningful contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice and peace, and conflict resolution.Working to empower the entrepreneurShared Interest believes South Africa to be a model of economic justice, and works to help the country’s disadvantaged communities uplift themselves. It facilitates finance for people wanting to start businesses or buy homes, builds partnerships with US-based individuals and companies interested in investing in South Africa, and works with organisations to promote and recognise women as the primary drivers of development in communities.Its core belief is that supporting income-generating activities leads to economically sustainable communities. To this end the company has since 1994 helped more than 1-million disadvantaged South Africans, 75% of them women.Shared Interest’s South African partner, the Thembani International Guarantee Fund, provides guarantees for bank loans to community development financial institutions. In this way banks are encouraged to extend credit to these institutions, which serve those who do not have bank accounts. This gives South African entrepreneurs the opportunity to get small businesses off the ground and also contributes to the building of housing and social facilities in communities.Supporting South Africa’s democratic developmentThe US companies to be honoured have also played a role in South Africa’s democratic development. BET, a cable network targeting young African Americans, as far back as 1994 organised a Mandela Freedom Fund Telethon to support South Africa’s change to a democratic government. The company has remained active in the country, taking on work such as coordinating and marketing the first Durban Jazz Festival in 2001. BET content is also licensed to satellite television provider DStv in South Africa.BeCause Global Consulting specialises in cause-related marketing and corporate citizenship. The company helped Sachs raise funds to buy and commission the art collection of Constitution Hill, the home of the Constitutional Court. Here beCause worked with Artists for a New South Africa in Los Angeles and South Africa Partners, which promotes partnerships between the US and South Africa.Sachs was a friend of the late exiled South African artist Gerard Sekoto, and many of the artist’s drawings are held in the court’s collection.Also to receive an award is Jerry Dunfey of the Global Citizens’ Circle, which attempts to resolve conflict situations by bringing together groups of concerned individuals – students, businessmen, clerics, educators and activists – in programmes and discussions. The organisation has worked in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cuba and Israel, as well as in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, and Atlanta.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former anti-apartheid activist Albertina Sisulu serve on the Global Citizens’ Circle advisory board, as did the late activist Beyers Naudé.In October 2007 Shared Interest honoured Tutu during a gala dinner with the theme of “From one touch – a million ripples”. A well-loved figure both in South Africa and abroad, Tutu has been an inspirational – and often outspoken – campaigner for better values in society. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his fight against racial injustice in his homeland, and chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Committee in the mid-1990s. He is also honorary chair of Shared Interest’s board of directors.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksJudge Albie SachsShared InterestSouth Africa’s ConstitutionThe Constitutional CourtThe Presidency – national ordersThe Desmond Tutu Peace FoundationUnescolast_img read more

Letran coach warns Lyceum: ‘We will destroy whoever gets in our way’

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Winners of four straight, the Knights are transforming into a force to reckon with in their own right.Their legitimacy as title contenders can be argued at this point with still a lot of games to be played but one thing’s certain, the Knights are unfazed and unrattled with what lies ahead.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“Humanda ang Lyceum sa amin kasi lahat ng babangga sa amin, gigibain namin. That’s my players’ mindset right now,” warned Letran head coach Jeff Napa, his bold declaration coming on the heels of a gritty win over a game San Sebastian side in overtime.(Lyceum better be ready for us because we we’re going to destroy whoever comes in our way.) Letran has propelled to the third spot at 5-3 behind Lyceum (7-0) and defending champion San Beda (6-1) after opening the season losing three of its first four games.Napa embraced the fact that his team will be the underdog against the menacing Pirates, likening the impending clash to a biblical story.“It’s going to be David and Goliath,” Napa described. “We’re going to go all out.”And we all know how that narrative ends.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Nextcenter_img Letran head coach Jeff Napa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUndefeated and fearsome, Lyceum is looking every bit of a championship contender nearing the halfway mark of the NCAA season.The Pirates have been making statements with a victory on top of another. But Friday’s showdown with the Letran Knights, who are in the middle of a resurgence, promises to be their stiffest challenge yet.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View commentslast_img read more

Andrew Wiggins signs contract extension with Timberwolves

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, left, of Spain, congratulates forward Andrew Wiggins after he drew a foul while taking a shot against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—A five-year contract extension worth nearly $150 million sat in front of Andrew Wiggins for more than two months.Not only did the 22-year-old Wiggins not jump at the first chance to sign it, he decided to revamp the team of advisers around him and essentially lead the process himself. The Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping that self-assurance and unflappable nature helps a franchise long in the basement finally break through.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ The meeting was held in September and Wiggins completed the process without an agent while leaning on a close circle of advisers, including his parents, and an attorney to review the paperwork. Duffy is still expected to challenge to get a commission from the deal as well.“I did it by myself and it was my first time doing it, obviously,” Wiggins said. “So I just wanted to make sure I was doing everything correctly.”Wiggins made great strides as a scorer in his first three years, improving as a 3-point shooter, developing a low-post game and using his athleticism and strength to get to the free throw line. But he still has a long way to go as a defender and rebounder, and will need to be even better than the .356 shooter he was from 3-point range last season if the Wolves are going to snap that skid.Wiggins has also been a durable fixture in the lineup ever since he arrived in town. He has missed just one game in his first three seasons while averaging 36.2 minutes per game.“He deserves every dime,” Towns said. “He’s one heck of a player. We’re blessed to have him.”Despite all of that, the contract is sure to be a polarizing one. As good as Wiggins has been as a scorer, certain metrics paint him as a very poor defender and an offensive player ill-equipped to play in this era of pace and space.“It’s motivation to get better and show everybody what I can do, the other stuff I can do,” Wiggins said. “The stuff they think I can do, add more, just keep on adding to my game.” Wiggins signed his contract Wednesday, a straight five-year deal with no player option that puts a big piece of business to rest a week before the Wolves open the season. From his rookie of the year press conference in 2015 when he professed “I hope I’m here forever ” to the eve of his fourth season in the league, the Canadian has never wavered in his admiration for his home away from home.“I like everyone from the trainers to the coaches to the front office, my teammates,” Wiggins said. “I love everybody. They’ve treated me with nothing but nice since I got here. And they were the first people who gave me the opportunity to play in the NBA after I got traded from Cleveland and they welcomed me with open arms so this is where I wanted to be at.”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 shutoutWiggins averaged 23.6 points in his third season in the league and has cemented himself as one of the building blocks of an up-and-coming franchise. Along with Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, Wiggins is expected to help the Timberwolves end a 13-season playoff drought.He will not turn 23 until February and has yet to make an All-Star team. But had he made it to restricted free agency next summer, there was a very good chance another team would have sent a max offer sheet his way. The Timberwolves beat them to the punch. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments “He’s never satisfied. He wants to get better,” coach and president Tom Thibodeau said. “I think he’s already demonstrated that to make the progress that he’s already shown is impressive, but as I mentioned, it’s scratching the surface. And now we hope that it’ll continue to grow and it’ll translate into wins.”Owner Glen Taylor made it clear to Wiggins early in the summer that he was comfortable with paying the huge price to keep the athletic wing in the fold. It is extremely rare for a player coming off of a rookie contract to turn down a max-level extension, but Wiggins did inject a little drama into what is normally a straight forward process.The sides were on the verge of reaching a deal in August when Wiggins decided to part ways with agent Bill Duffy, who had represented him ever since he was drafted by Cleveland and traded to Minnesota in 2014.Taylor told The Associated Press in August that he wanted to meet face-to-face with Wiggins before the deal was signed to have a frank conversation about the expectations that come with such a big contract.“He seems like a very good person,” Taylor said then. “He seems to have the ability and so the only thing it would be is for some reason he didn’t work hard enough to obtain the skill sets. That’s what you’re asking him to commit to.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Miguel Cotto books December farewell fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Fil-Nigerian Edu soaks in chance to train with Gilas

first_imgAJ Edu. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFor AJ Edu, joining Gilas Pilipinas on Tuesday’s evening practice session was an eye-opener of sorts.“It’s amazing. This is something that people dream of, an opportunity to come and train with the best players in the Philippines. It’s really amazing,” said the 17-year-old.ADVERTISEMENT The Fil-Nigerian Edu was invited by Gilas team manager Butch Antonio to participate in the national team practice Tuesday at Meralco Gym, where he rubbed elbows with a number of Gilas pool members.“I was nervous for it, but I was ready and I was really excited for it. I’m really happy with how I trained,” the 6-foot-10 prodigy said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough Tuesday’s session was just a short one, coach Chot Reyes noted it’s still a huge morale-booster for the young guys, especially for Edu.“We always like to do that with the younger guys. We always want to expose them to the national pool and we’ve been looking at him for a long time. That’s why we wanted to get him here and practice with us,” the outspoken mentor said. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Smith shows big heart as he continues to push past pain for TNT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Edu said that he won’t have any second thoughts if he gets an invite anew to join the national team practices in the future.“I might be coming again. Hopefully, it will become something regular in the future. Right now it’s just an experience,” he said.For now, Edu is focused on the 2017 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China from June 28 to July 2, where he will represent the country alongside Encho Serrano, Rhayyan Amsali, and Juan Gomez de Liaño.The Philippine team was slotted in Pool A, where it will clash against world number one Netherlands, Poland, Turkmenistan, and Israel.“We’re really excited about it,” shared Edu. “I got really good teammates, we think we can do better in previous tournaments.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Gameslast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players must embrace Old Trafford expectations

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players must embrace Old Trafford expectationsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says home players should always embrace the expectations of the Old Trafford crowd.Solskjaer – who was at the Reds for 11 years as a player – accepted Old Trafford can be an intimidating arena, but believes the team should be able to cope.“That comes when you sign for Man United,” he said. “You know you’re going to play in front of the best fans in the world. Confidence is not something you store in the fridge and pick out.“You earn it by your performances, by your training, how you feel. Hopefully this gave them a boost, so I’m happy and looking forward to Boxing Day.“You can never set the bar too high. They’re setting the standard. The players who play for this club have high ­standards to live up to.” last_img read more

3 days ago​Solskjaer tells Man Utd players after Liverpool draw: More of the same

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer tells Man Utd players after Liverpool draw: More of the sameby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a few things to say to his team after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Norwegian manager was happy with his side’s commitment and intensity, especially in the first half.But he felt they were too quick to sit back in the second half, when they should have tried to punish Liverpool with a second goal.Metro says Solskjaer told United’s players they should be happy with their display and that it is how he wanted them to play in future games.United took the lead in the game, but were pegged back by Liverpool and the game ended 1-1. last_img

Bovada Released Odds For 58 Different Programs To Win The NCAA Tournament

first_imgTwitter/@UConnTwitter/@UConnWe haven’t quite reached the post-season in college basketball, but the bold bettor can now put down money on 58 different teams to win the upcoming NCAA Tournament. As one would expect, Kentucky is a heavy favorite at even odds, while Duke, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Virginia round out the top five. If you believe heavily in recent tournament history, defending national champion UConn is down at 150/1. Memphis, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt share the highest available odds at 1000/1 each. Here is the full list, via Bovada.ncaatodds1ncaatodds2last_img

Catalyst Paper Corp agrees to sell mills to Paper Excellence

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia-based Catalyst Paper Corp. has reached an agreement to sell its operations to Paper Excellence Canada of Richmond, B.C.Catalyst CEO Ned Dwyer says when the transaction is complete it will benefit customers, employees, suppliers, communities where it operates and B.C.’s pulp, paper and forest products industries.Details of the transaction have not been released, but it will need the approval of the B.C. Supreme Court and at least two-thirds of Catalyst shareholders in a vote at a special meeting.The B.C. government says the purchase secures the livelihoods of about 1,500 provincial forest workers at Catalyst Paper facilities in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River.Paper Excellence has close to two million tonnes of pulp production capacity at five Canadian mills and two in France.In August, the United States issued a final decision on anti-dumping and countervailing duties totalling 20.26 per cent on Cataylst’s printing- and writing-grade paper exports, and Dwyer says those duties were punitive and without merit.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous headline said Catalyst had mills in France.last_img read more

The Latest Trump warns GM could lose subsidies over layoffs

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and General Motors (all times local):2:40 p.m.President Donald Trump is saying he’s “very disappointed” in General Motors closing plants — and he says the White House is “looking at cutting all subsidies” for the auto giant.Trump tweeted his warning Tuesday, a day after GM announced it would shutter five plants and slash 14,000 jobs in North America.He blasted GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, “for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland” even though “nothing” was “being closed in Mexico & China.”Trump angrily referred to the 2008 federal auto bailout by adding that “the U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!”The president floated the idea of cutting subsidies for GM’s electric cars program.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not elaborate as to what cuts could be enacted.___2:15 p.m.The White House is expressing “great disappointment” in General Motors after the automobile giant announced it would be cutting thousands of jobs.National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Tuesday the White House’s reaction was “a tremendous amount of disappointment maybe even spilling over into anger.”Kudlow met with GM CEO Mary Barra on Monday after the company announced it would shutter five plants and slash 14,000 jobs in North America. Kudlow says it felt as though GM “kind of turned” its back on President Donald Trump by closing the plants in the Midwest.Kudlow says he didn’t see a recession in the offing and didn’t rule out that the White House may take action against GM.General Motors Co. says it’s abandoning many of its car models and restructurings to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.The Associated Presslast_img read more