St. Bernard’s, South Fork look to claim Little 3, NCL III North titles tonight

first_imgAt the same time down … Eureka >> With only a few short weeks of the regular season to go, the time of year is upon us where league titles are being determined.In the Little 3 conference that is certainly true.The same goes for the lone eight-man football team in Humboldt County.One of the Humboldt-Del Norte League’s two remaining unbeatens, St. Bernard’s, will look to clinch its fifth straight league crown tonight as it makes the hour-long drive inland to face Hoopa Valley tonight.last_img read more

UK travellers vote Cape Town tops

first_img14 November 2012Cape Town got the nod as the favourite city worldwide from 17000 readers of British news site the Telegraph, while South Africa was rated third favourite country worldwide in the 2012 Telegraph Travel Awards.The list of winners, released by www.telegraph.co.uk on Tuesday, places Cape Town in top spot ahead of Vancouver and New York on Telegraph readers’ list of best cities to visit.When it came to countries as tourist destinations, South Africa came third after New Zealand and the Maldives.Cape Town is no stranger to travel accolades. A frequent winner in the “Africa’s Leading Destination” category of the World Travel Awards, Cape Town was displaced this year by the ancient medina of Marrakech in Morocco – but still took the vote as Africa’s leading beach destination.Overall, South Africa enjoyed a big share of the spoils in the 2012 World Travel Awards for Africa, winning 32 awards out of a total 57 categories, including leading African airport, beach destination, family resort, city hotel, conference venue, safari lodge and spa resort.And the arrivals figures bear out the view that the country remains a hit with tourists, despite the global dip in travel numbers in the face of the global economic downturn.According to Statistics South Africa, total tourist arrivals to South Africa grew by 10.5% for the first six months of 2012, more than double the global average of 5% for the same period.The country experienced particularly strong growth in overseas tourist arrivals, recording 17.1% growth in arrivals from outside the African continent, with 1.16-million overseas travellers entering the country in the first six months of 2012, compared to 0.99-million for the corresponding period in 2011.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

As If Your Life Depended On It

first_imgWhat if your life was threatened? What if the amount of time you had left was somehow put at risk? You’d worry about all that you would lose, you’d worry about the people you are leaving behind, and you’d take massive action and do something about it, wouldn’t you?Thankfully, your life, at least as it pertains to the time you have available to you, isn’t being threatened now. But there are threats to your life worth avoiding, too. Specifically threats to the quality of your life.Life Is More Than TimeWhat if the quality of your life is being threatened? The quality of your life is as important as the quantity, and in many cases more important. If you agree with this statement, and surely you must, then you should act with equal or greater urgency when the quality of your life is threatened.Relationships: The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships. There are countless things that threaten your relationships, but the greatest threats are largely neglect and complacency. More than money or some other measurement of success, relationships are the scale you will use to take account of your life. If your relationships are not what you need them to be, then you have to take action with the greatest sense of urgency.Purpose and Meaning: If the quality of your life is hampered by the lack of meaning and purpose in your work, you have to make a choice. You have to change your work, or you have to give yourself over the work you are doing now. The truth of the matter is that you can find meaning and purpose in all kinds of work if you make the decision to give yourself over to it. If you aren’t making a contribution, you need to make changes.A Life Well LivedYour life isn’t measured only in time. It is measured in the quality of the life you live, the difference you make for the people that matter to you, and the contribution you make. Because this is true, you need to act as if your life depends upon you getting the big things right.Your intentions and your actions matter. It’s important to get the big things right when there are no second chances. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or Shine

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But it appeared like the game was really for the Picanto after the Elasto Painters muffed two free throws and five makable attempts from the field, three of which came in the last 19.5 ticks.Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu, one of the best free throw shooters in the league, had a couple of splits from the line. He also missed an open triple from the right corner that would’ve given the Painters a one-point lead in the waning seconds.The game got testy late in the second quarter that saw the ejection of Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan and Kia’s Eric Camson after engaging in a fight.Glen Khobuntin filled in for Camson, scoring eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back baskets that gave the Picanto a 96-89 cushion with 1:52 remaining.Mark Yee nearly had a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds while Rashawn McCarthy and Roider Cabrera led Kia with 14 points each.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESKia finally stopped its seemingly interminable slide after stunning Rain or Shine, 98-94, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Picanto ended a 16-game losing skid dating back to last conference. It was Kia’s first taste of victory since pulling off a double overtime win over Phoenix on May 21, 2017.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Rookie Rey Nambatac notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Painters, who fell to 2-3. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’m more relieved than anything else because of this win,” said Kia coach Ricky Dandan. “We broke that [16-game losing skid] and this will go a long way in our rebuilding our ball club.”“It was really difficult for us because our confidence were all shot, but we really had no choice but to move forward and look at the positives despite all of those blowout games,” he added. “We really dug deep and our guys really worked hard for this win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKia posted its first win this conference after a 0-4 start but not after surviving an anxious final minute where the Picanto barely avoided a major collapse.Protecting a three-point lead with 55 seconds left, Kia turned the ball over twice. View commentslast_img read more

10 months ago​Newcastle manager Benitez blocks Murphy loan

first_img​Newcastle manager Benitez blocks Murphy loanby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez is not keen on loaning out Jacob Murphy.The winger has only started three games this season.He wants regular football, but Benitez is not willing to let him go.Per the Chronicle Live, Benitez will only sanction a loan for Murphy and others if he is given money to spend on incoming transfers.The club with the biggest interest in Murphy is Huddersfield, another team battling to stay in the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan City and Real Madrid settle fee for Brahim Diaz

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City and Real Madrid settle fee for Brahim Diazby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City and Real Madrid have settled on a fee for Brahim Diaz.BBC Sport reports City youngster Diaz is close to joining Real Madrid for an initial £15.5m.There has been uncertainty over the 19-year-old’s future since the start of the season.City manager Pep Guardiola previously said the club were trying to persuade Diaz to sign a new contract.However, the Blues have now accepted that Diaz, a Spain Under-21 international, will join Real Madrid for a fee that could rise to £21m.Diaz joined City from Malaga as a 14-year-old in 2013 and made 15 first-team appearances, four this season. last_img read more

25 days agoJay Rodriguez loving the competition between Burnley strikers

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jay Rodriguez loving the competition between Burnley strikersby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJay Rodriguez is loving the competition between strikers at Burnley.The summer signing has had to compete with Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes this season.He scored against Aston Villa on Saturday and speaking after the game, the Englishman said: “That is football and one of those things, you have to focus on what you can do and be ready when the time comes.”I always want more and more goals and to take every chance I can. I will keep my head down and work hard.”It is healthy competition and everyone has to stay patient and continue to work hard and effect what they can affect.”Woody and Barnesy are great lads and great footballers and they have made me feel really welcome.”I always want to learn off other players and every striker I play alongside.” last_img read more

Aboriginal inmates in Regina to go on hunger strike over gross jail

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National News After being hit with a hunger strike before Christmas the Regina Correctional Centre is about to be hit with another. Inmates on the remand wing of the prison have organized a hunger strike to begin Thursday at 8 a.m.Kenneth Morrison from the Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan said he can no longer stomach the food.“We’re going to send our food back,” said Morrison, 27, in a telephone interview from the jail with APTN National News Tuesday. “We’re going to start sending all the trays back … the meat is either uncooked or smells.”He said he and about 100 other inmates have signed a petition to join the strike and many are Aboriginal peoples. Morrison, who is on Unit 1C awaiting trial on assault, possession of stolen property and breaches, said the food is prepared by an outside company and delivered to the inmates on trays with a cart, which he is in charge of.He said the cart is dirty and “smells like a garbage truck.”It’s not the first time the RCC has been hit with an inmate hunger strike.Inmates from another wing of RCC organized a strike Dec. 19 lasting a few days after the province said they spoke to the company hired to supply the food – Compass Group – beginning in November. Concerns about the food have had raised by inmates after Compass took over and a petition with a list of demands was submitted to prison management on Nov. 18. “I just think that this is inhumane what they’re serving us. I wouldn’t serve this to my dog and what they’re doing is wrong and enough is enough,” Forrest Pelletier, an inmate serving time for break and enter and possession of a weapon, said at the time.Justice Department spokesman Drew Wilby said in December officials were looking into the matter.“We are about six weeks into that (new contract) now and we expected some challenges of course, with any transition like that there will be some challenges,” Wilby said.“We have addressed some of those concerns with Compass Group and continue to do so and we’re confident that we will be able to find a solution and make sure those high quality meals are being provided across the province.” Wilby told APTN Tuesday the department can’t comment on what may happen but is confident Compass can address food quality challenges, as with any transition period there is going to be bumps. He said Compass is responsible for eight institutions and there have been complaints from others as well.The Saskatchewan NDP jumped on the issue at the time accusing the SaskParty government of “risking public safety in order to pursue privatization.” “Saskatchewan families also don’t want to see a flood of inmates needing medical care as a result of spoiled or raw food,” NDP central services critic Warren McCall said in December.The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees Union warned there would be issues with privatizing food services in prisons. “These trays of food are being sent back and new trays being brought forward,” union president Bob Bymoen said. “Who’s billing for the new trays, is the government paying for the additional trays of food? In the contract, if they order additional trays of food they have to pay for it, so are we paying twice to feed the same people?” Bymoen said he hoped the government rethinks its decision. “With Compass they have a chance to review this and own up to their mistakes and get out of this contract in a year and they should seriously be looking at that.,” he said. Wilby said the government has no intention of reversing its decision and will honour the five-year contract signed with Compass in November as it will save the province an estimated $12 million over life of the contract.A spokeswoman for Compass said they are “investigating and addressing all comments regarding our operations” at RCC.That includes daily meetings with its operations teams to reinforce proper cooking and food handling said Saira Husain, manager of communications.“We are in contact with our client on an ongoing basis to ensure that we can resolve this situation as quickly as possible,” said Husain. Morrison said the inmates on his wing are demanding to go back to the old system before Compass was hired.“It’s constantly getting worse,” said Morrison. “They were sending lettuce that was brown. Nothing has been digestible.”On Tuesday, Morrison and the other inmates on his wing were given macaroni.“The macaroni was cold. I could cut cubes out of it with my fork,” he said, adding most of the guys sent the food back without eating it. A call to the director of RCC hasn’t been returned. kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddress— with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

WilsonRaybould set to speak my truth in Ottawa

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsWhen she speaks today, Jody Wilson-Raybould could answer some big questions on the minds of First Nation leaders.Privy Council Office (PCO) Clerk Michael Wernick’s Feb. 21 testimony to the House of Commons’ justice committee revealed there was tension between the former justice minister and attorney general and some of her cabinet colleagues, including Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, related to the proposed Indigenous rights framework.When Wilson-Raybould testifies before that same committee on Wednesday, it’s unclear whether she will address the framework differences, or if she will strictly address allegations she was pressed to intervene in the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin.But as the controversy around the Prime Minister’s Office’s alleged misconduct continues to unfold, the future of Indigenous peoples’ rights, jurisdiction and title hang in the balance.In February 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of an engagement process on his government’s Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework, a suite of legislative and policy reform promised to “include new ways to recognize and implement Indigenous Rights,” Trudeau said in his Valentine’s Day speech in the House of Commons.Throughout most of 2018, Ottawa, led by Bennett, met with Indigenous leaders and select community members to gather feedback on what Nations and groups wanted to see in the framework.But by September, First Nation leaders were largely unsettled by the process, and by the contents of an overview document released by the government on Sept. 10, which purported to summarize the views of First Nations throughout the engagement process.On Sept. 11, at an Assembly of First Nations (AFN) special forum on the framework in Gatineau, Que., Bennett tried to quell fears the government was proceeding disingenuously with the work and perhaps with a goal of maintaining the status quo of rights denial with respect to Indigenous peoples in Canada.An AFN summary report of the event calls the government’s engagement process a “divide and conquer strategy” and accuses the feds of not being transparent about what it was hearing from First Nations.The report said the engagement sessions “fell short of full, fair and meaningful participation and were rushed.”On Sept. 13, the day after the AFN forum concluded, Wilson-Raybould gave a lecture at the University of Saskatchewan called “Recognition, Reconciliation and Indigenous People’s Disproportionate Interactions with the Criminal Justice System”.During her presentation she noted that, “[t]oo often we see the tendency — especially in politics — to use important words that have real meaning and importance, carelessly.“We see ‘recognition’ applied to ideas that actually mean ‘denial’. We see ‘self-government’ used to refer to ideas or processes that actually maintain control over others. We see ‘self-determination’ applied to actions that actually interfere with the work of Nations rebuilding their governments and communities. We see ‘inherent’ in the same breath as the contradictory idea that rights are contingent on the courts or agreements,” she continued.“When we see this being done it does not advance reconciliation. It actually undermines it. It causes confusion, chaos, and division.”According to Wernick’s testimony last week, Trudeau met with Wilson-Raybould, a driving force behind the framework, on Sept. 17, just days after the AFN forum and Wilson-Raybould’s Saskatoon speech.Wernick said he too attended the meeting, which was convened to discuss “very serious policy differences” between Wilson-Raybould, Bennett and other ministers over the framework.Wernick testified that “there were different views on a very significant thing,” and that Trudeau was growing “impatient” with the slow pace of work on the framework.“He was concerned we were losing momentum and traction heading into the last year of the mandate on the rights framework,” Wernick said, adding that he took over the framework file because Trudeau was consumed with the NAFTA negotiations with the United States.He said the issue was referred to the cabinet sub-committee on reconciliation, and then to cabinet.“There was a decision not to proceed with the rights and recognition framework.”In the two-plus months following that meeting, Wilson-Raybould delivered other speeches indicating she was unhappy with the government’s work on the framework.“The path of justice and equality is not advanced or achieved through half-measures, good intentions, or lofty rhetoric,” she said on Sept. 27 in Comox, B.C. during a speech on the criminal justice system and renewing Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples.On Nov. 29, during a speech on Indigenous rights to First Nation and provincial leaders in Vancouver, she quoted late Squamish Chief Joe Mathias, who told the feds during constitutional talks in the early 1980s to “behold the turtle… who moves forward when he sticks his neck out.“I say, let us stick our necks out. I am,” she said.In a move that surprised many, on Jan. 14 Wilson-Raybould was removed as justice minister and attorney general and reappointed to lead the veterans affairs portfolio.She released a statement that day saying that “while our government has taken some very important steps, and hard work is being done” to recognize Indigenous rights and title, “the necessary shifts have not yet been fully achieved.”Kory Wilson, Wilson-Raybould’s sister, told APTN News this week that her sister called her hours before the cabinet shuffle announcement to give her family a head’s up.“Her priority was our mom, and making sure our mom was OK with it,” Wilson recalled. “Because she’s a lot more sensitive to what she hears on TV.“So [Wilson-Raybould] said, OK, you have to talk to mom and…tell her it’s going to be OK.“It is what it is, and this is politics.”Days after the Globe and Mail broke the story of alleged political interference on the PMO’s part toward the then-justice minister and attorney general, Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet.In her resignation letter she acknowledged that Canadians want to hear her side of the story, and that she had hired former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Albert Cromwell to advise her.She has said very little, publicly, since then, but has addressed her former cabinet colleagues and rose on a point of order in the House of Commons last week to say she was “anxious” to “speak my truth”.In a recent interview with APTN about the recent events, Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit in B.C. said he was concerned about the loss of Wilson-Raybould as a cabinet minister, and noted that the rights framework “is going nowhere fast.”He called the loss of Wilson-Raybould in cabinet “really disturbing,” explaining she had intimate knowledge of the challenges First Nations face when negotiating rights and title with Canada.Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit in B.C. says not having Wilson-Raybould in cabinet is a “tremendous loss to the country…” APTN Photo.“She’s a remarkable woman. She’s very well educated and understands these issues at a depth that very few people in the country, and certainly at the cabinet table, would have. So that in itself is a tremendous loss to the country, but a tremendous loss to us as well.”Wilson, who, like her sister is also a lawyer, said Wilson-Raybould’s removal as justice minister and attorney general, coupled with the removal of Jane Philpott from the Indigenous services portfolio, indicates “there has to be something we don’t know.“Why on Earth would you remove her….because there’s no one person in any ranking of government, MPs or the public service that knows more about this issue [of Indigenous rights] than she does, or of the paths forward than she does.”Asked on Tuesday what Bennett and Wilson-Raybould disagreed on with the rights framework, a spokesperson for Bennett’s office told APTN the minister had no comment.Wilson said her sister is dutiful to her role as a federal politician and doesn’t share internal information of this sort with others, including family.Though Wilson doesn’t know what her sister will say during her testimony on Wednesday, she said “[y]ou know for a fact what she’s going to tell is the truth, and likely everything she will say is well-documented.”Whether or not Wilson-Raybould will influence how the Indigenous rights framework unfolds, if the Liberals maintain power after the fall election, Wilson said her little sister has already made her mark for Indigenous people in Canada.“I think the fact that she was put as justice minister, the highest-ranking Indigenous person in cabinet, ever, even despite what has happened—there are a tremendous number of Indigenous youth out there that realize they can do this too.“Maybe this is what she has to go through to ensure that the doorway is open now for other Indigenous people to aspire…to be the change makers for Indigenous people wherever they are.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenews-with files from Tina Houselast_img read more

Shoppers spend freely heading into the holidays

first_imgNEW YORK — Shoppers are spending freely heading into the holidays, but heavy investments and incentives like free shipping by retailers are giving Wall Street pause.Target Inc., Kohl’s Corp., Best Buy Co. and TJX Cos. all reported strong sales at stores opened at least a year. That’s a key measure of health for a retailer. Online sales also surged. Target reported a 49 per cent increase in online sales, which was better than expected.But shares of Target and the parent of TJ Maxx took a hit after reporting that their third-quarter profit results were squeezed by higher e-commerce costs. Kohl’s delivered strong third-quarter results, but it issued a cautious annual profit forecast. Best Buy, which has been on a winning streak, couldn’t win over investors even as it boosted its annual earnings guidance.“There are clearly a bit of two worlds. Everything we’re seeing about the consumer is very positive,” Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. “Consumer confidence is at an all-time high…unemployment is incredibly low, wages are going up.”But, he cautioned, “The financial market can be a different picture and we’ll see how it evolves.”The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, is expecting holiday retail sales in November and December — excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants — to increase as much as 4.8 per cent over 2017 for a total of $720.89 billion. The sales growth marks a slowdown from last year’s 5.3 per cent, which was the largest gain since 2010. But the figure is still healthy and is the latest indication that the retail industry is far from an apocalypse that some feared only a year ago and a half ago. The growth forecast, which includes online sales, is slower than the average annual increase of 3.9 per cent over the past five years.Adobe Analytics, which analyzes visits to retail websites, predicts a 15 per cent increase in online sales to $124.1 billion in online sales for November and December.Still, retailers are facing a host of challenges. They’re grappling with an even stronger Amazon from a year ago, higher labour costs and surging online sales that are putting more pressure on their profit margins. Retailers are also monitoring the impact on tariffs that have been slapped on a variety of different goods imported from China, although holiday merchandise will likely not be affected because they’re already in U.S. warehouses. Any price increases could come starting early 2019.But so far, there seems to be no warning signs that the strong economic times will end anytime soon.“We continue to see a healthy consumer environment as we enter the fourth quarter,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said on a call with reporters. He noted there’s no indication that the consumer environment is slowing down.Retailers have been plowing money into their businesses, remodeling stores while trying to speed up online deliveries.Early last year, Target began a three-year plan to invest $7 billion in its stores and online operations. Kohl’s has been sprucing up its merchandise and is now allowing shoppers to return goods purchased through Amazon at 100 stores.Best Buy has shown resilience in the face of increasing online competition by allowing shoppers to test new technology, and offering speedier delivery options. It’s also been expanding its tech support services, including a free service in a couple hundred markets where salespeople visit customers at home to make recommendations on TVs, setup and more.Meanwhile, TJX, which operates T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, has been bolstering its fashion business, resulting in a hefty 7 per cent increase in consolidated same-store sales in the quarter compared to a year ago. But higher freight costs took a bite out of profits.Despite the snag, “TJX’s overall success underlines the fact that even in a strong economy where disposable incomes are rising, consumers still enjoy getting a bargain,” wrote Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, a retail research firm.____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more