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Spots still available as Steve Nash Youth Basketball makes return to Nelson

first_imgThe Steve Nash Youth Basketball (SNYB) program is returning to Nelson.SNYB, previously staged in the Heritage City 12 years ago, is an inclusive ‘Youth Basketball’ program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and a love of the game of basketball, with instruction by LV Rogers Secondary School Senior Boys’ Basketball Head Coach, Jeremy Phelan.SNYB is a grassroots partnership between parents, community members, and BasketballBC designed to give children across Canada an opportunity to learn fundamental basketball skills in a fun, positive, and structured environment.SNYB sessions will run Wednesdays between 5-6 p.m. at Hume Elementary School. Registration for boys and girls ages 6 to 12 years will be open during drop-in youth basketball on Wednesday November 4th between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Hume Elementary School, or contact Jeremy Phelan (250-777-3318, Anyone wanting to register should be at the gym before the start of practice.The 2015 SNYB Fall Season intake is $70 per child and runs from November 11th to December 9th.The 2016 SNYB Winter Season intake is $90 per child and runs from January 6th to March 2nd.Sessions will be held weekly at Hume School between 5-6 p.m.Participants receive a Steve Nash Youth membership through BasketballBC and a reversible SNYB jersey.Payment plans are available and KIDSPORT application forms will be provided for families requiring financial assistance.For more information visit read more


A NAFTA agreement could open doors around the world for U.S. agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico continue as the countries try to modernize the agreement. Several chapters in the agreement have closed, but there’s plenty of work left on important topics, including agriculture.“It’s agriculture, automotive, which most of the attention is being spent on right now, it’s government procurement, it’s dispute resolutions, it’s textiles, sunset clause and labor issues with Mexico, in particular,” said Daniel Ujczo, an international trade and customs lawyer with Dickinson Wright in Columbus. “On all of those, there is still a lot of work to do.”Ujczo says the countries are actually coming to an agreement on the controversial American “sunset proposal” clause. While negotiators are working on the automotive issues, he says he sees no hope on settling the government procurement disagreement. Agriculture and textiles are discussed in every round but he’s seen no movement on either topic.President Donald Trump will be putting tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, something that Ujczo says threw a monkey-wrench into getting the negotiations done by the end of April. That’s when the Mexican election cycle heats up.“If Mexico concedes on anything it will be seen as conceding with a gun to their head and so I do actually think that tariffs were counterproductive in trying to get a deal done by the end of April,” Ujczo said. “I think the same holds true for Canada because Canada is already not pushing for a speedy deal and that’s to say that I think Mexico and Canada want to take the time to do the deal right. It’s going to be very difficult for both countries to concede with the tariffs hanging over their head.”Ujczo says he understands that farm country isn’t optimistic right now as the agricultural economy continues to struggle. He says there could be some good news on the trade front for agriculture, but it will take some effort and time to reap the rewards.“U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer is also talking about opening up markets in Africa, so there could be some good news on the trade file,” Ujczo said. “There is undoubtedly going to be retaliation from Asia and elsewhere for steel and aluminum tariffs and agricultural goods will be right in the sight lines. But if we get NAFTA right it could be a great model for what we do with the rest of the world.”Currently, the United States has trade agreements with only 10% of the world and that grouping gets 47% of our nation’s exports. That is why the U.S. Department of Agriculture is centering some of their focus on creating trade deals with other countries outside of Canada, Mexico, China, Japan and Korea.“We are leaving no stone unturned and we are deep into getting into new countries and uncovering new markets,” said Ted McKinney, USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. “Let me tell you about India. There are 1.3 billion people there and growing and they are starting to enter into the middle class more and more every day. History books will tell you where people start to spend that first little bit of disposable income — protein and nutrition for their kids. We make protein pretty well and we need to get our product into those types of countries.”One success story in India as far as American products are concerned is with apples.“For whatever reason a few years ago, India did not raise the tariff on Washington apples coming in and a funny thing happened as those apples were on the way to market,” McKinney said. “Washington apples were a top seller and, in turn, Indian apple producers started selling more apples and the Indian population started consuming more and more apples. India’s natural instinct was to throw up a tariff to protect their domestic markets. This was an example that a rising tide lifts all ships.”“There is business to be had around the world and it’s not just China, Canada, Mexico, Korea and Taiwan. We have to go uncover every rock and introduce them to U.S. products, and we are.”last_img read more


10 months agoNapoli boss Ancelotti: Meret key to beating SPAL

first_imgNapoli boss Ancelotti: Meret key to beating SPALby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti hailed the performance of Alex Meret for victory over SPAL.The Azzurri won thanks to a goal from Raul Albiol.Ancelotti said, “We couldn’t kill off the game and so we suffered in those last few minutes, because SPAL put all of their efforts into getting the draw. We are not surprised about Meret’s quality because we see it every day in training.”He is a great talent, even if he hasn’t always been lucky. Today he showed what he can do. He truly is a special goalkeeper.”He added: “Tonight we lacked precision in our passes, even when we had the space for them. Later we were denied that space, and we should have played possession more purposefully, not just for the sake of it.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


5 new Guvs appointed

first_imgNew Delhi: Prominent Muslim face Arif Mohammed Khan, who quit the Rajiv Gandhi government in protest against the enactment of a law to nullify the Supreme Court verdict in the Shah Bano case, was on Sunday appointed as Governor, along with three BJP leaders.Sixty-eight-year-old Khan has been appointed as the Governor of Kerala, while BJP leader and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari, 77, will be the new Governor of Maharashtra, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique. BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief Tamilisai Soundararajan, 58, has been appointed as the Governor of Telangana, while former Union minister Kalraj Mishra, who was recently appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, has been shifted and appointed as the Governor of Rajasthan, it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsFormer Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatraya, 72, has been appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, replacing Mishra. Seventy-eight-year-old Mishra will succeed former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, who completed his five-year tenure as the Governor of Rajasthan. Koshyari replaces Vidya Sagar Rao as the Maharashtra Governor, while Soundararajan will succeed ESL Narasimhan as the Telangana Governor. Khan, who will succeed former Chief Justice of India Palanisamy Sathasivam in the Kerala Raj Bhavan, has been a staunch critic of the practice of instant triple talaq and calling for reforms in the Muslim personal laws for long. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayKhan’s speech in Parliament in 1985 in the wake of the Shah Bano judgement extending the Rajiv Gandhi government’s initial support to it earned him much acclaim. However, when the Rajiv Gandhi government got cold-feet under alleged pressure from Muslim clerics and brought a bill to nullify the Supreme Court order, he resigned from the ministry. The Uttar Pradesh politician later joined the BJP but remained relatively low-key since 2007. Recently, when the Modi government brought a bill to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq, Khan supported it.last_img read more


New cars are quickly getting selfdriving safety features

first_imgDETROIT – Autonomous vehicles get all the headlines, but automakers are gradually adding advanced electronic safety features to human-driven cars as they step toward a world of self-driving vehicles.Car and tech companies are rolling out laser sensors, artificial intelligence, larger viewing screens that show more of the road, cameras that can read speed limit signs, and systems that slow cars ahead of curves and construction zones.Many of the new features repurpose cameras and radar that already are in cars for automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and other safety devices. The companies also are keeping a closer watch on drivers to make sure they’re paying attention.On Monday, Arizona’s governor suspended Uber’s self-driving vehicle testing privileges after one of its autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian last week. But auto engineers and industry analysts still say roads will become safer as more vehicles get automated features that either assist or replace human drivers. The government says 94 per cent of crashes are caused by human error.The cutting-edge devices usually come out first in more expensive vehicles, but go to mainstream vehicles as costs fall.Here are five new safety devices that are showing up in vehicles:STAY FOCUSED: A company called NVIDIA is using artificial intelligence and cameras to sense where a driver is looking and focus sensors everywhere else. If a pedestrian or another vehicle appears where the driver isn’t looking, the system will intervene, either sounding a warning or by stopping the car from moving, says Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive business for the Santa Clara, California, company. “Before we get to full automation, if the driver is still in control and responsible, we want to know when we should provide alerts and when we should not,” Shapiro says. NVIDIA has a contract with Volkswagen to deploy the system in the next two years. Other automakers are likely to follow.LOOKING BACKWARD: When a driver activates a turn signal, an 8-inch screen behind the steering wheel on Hyundai’s new Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle shows everything on that side of the car plus what’s directly behind it. The system uses existing cameras to let drivers see without turning their heads. “The information we can offer from a camera may be better than a live look over the shoulder,” says Cason Grover, senior manager of vehicle technology planning for Hyundai. Other cars have similar technology but most don’t have as wide of a view.SEEING SIGNS: Mercedes’ new S-Class cars have advanced navigation and global mapping, and cameras that read speed limit signs. These enable the car’s computers to warn drivers of the speed limit or keep them from exceeding it. The system also recognizes upcoming construction zones, curves or roundabouts, and can slow the car ahead of when a driver would. Volvo has a similar system that reads speed signs, including those in school zones.LASER GUIDED: Smaller versions of those spinning 360-degree mechanical laser sensors that sit atop self-driving cars are coming to mainstream vehicles. The lasers, called Lidar for Light Detection and Ranging, can see far-off objects in the dark, in bad weather, and in great detail. Audi plans to introduce a front-facing laser in the grille of the A8 sedan this fall as part of a limited self-driving system that takes control of the vehicle in freeway traffic jams below 37 miles per hour (60 kilometres per hour). Spokesman Mark Dahncke says Audi is still working to consolidate Lidar with radar and cameras as it steps from human control to limited automated driving.Audi’s system is the first step toward more widespread use of Lidar. Parts supplier Continental is working on a fully electronic version for an unspecified automaker that can see smaller objects such as bicycles and pedestrians in three dimensions, 200 metres (656 feet) ahead. Currently Continental sells a Lidar system that spots only vehicles and can see only 10 metres (33 feet) forward. The longer-range system integrated into the car’s body is the missing link in the march toward autonomous vehicles, says Arnaud Lagandré, a Continental vice-president. “You can see through fog, you can see through rain, you can see through the water splash from the car in front of you.”TRAFFIC LIGHT TIMING: For more than a year, some Audi A4 cars and Q7 SUVs in Las Vegas have been linked to traffic light computers. They get a dashboard countdown telling them when lights will change. This can prevent drivers from running lights and can let them time their travel to avoid stopping. It’s the forerunner to vehicle-to-infrastructure communications that will keep cars moving and could warn drivers that a car is about to run a red light. Audi is testing in several other cities. About 600 city traffic lights in Washington, D.C., were just added.last_img read more


Federal Government invests 131 million to increase capacity at Stewart World Port

first_imgMinister of Transport, Marc Garneau, says the Federal Government is investing in projects, such as the Stewart World Port expansion, to ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. We are supporting projects to efficiently move goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”These investments are expected to have important economic and employment benefits for the region by creating an estimated 275 jobs in the region during construction. STEWART, B.C. – The Government of Canada has announced that it will be investing $13.1 million for the Stewart World Port.According to the Government, this investment will go towards a project that aims to increase capacity at the Stewart Port and move Canadian goods to international markets more efficiently.Improvements to the Stewart World Port will enable shippers to move goods directly from Northern B.C., Yukon, Alberta and Saskatchewan to overseas markets via the port instead of trucking or shipping by rail to other western marine port locations.last_img read more


India conveys concerns to Pak over presence of Khalistani separatists on Kartarpur

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Friday summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner here and conveyed concerns over the presence of several Khalistani separatists in a committee appointed by Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor, sources said. India also asked Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah his country’s stand on on key proposals put forward by New Delhi at the last meeting held in Attari to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, they said. A Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement said it has been conveyed to the Paksitani side that the next meeting on the modalities of the corridor can be scheduled at an appropriate time after receiving Pakistan’s response. The next round of talks were scheduled to be held on April 2 at Wagah border. In order to take forward the infrastructure development for the corridor in an expeditious manner, India has proposed to hold another meeting of technical experts in mid-April to resolve outstanding issues at the zero point agreed to at the last meeting, the statement said. The Indian government remains committed to realising the long pending demand of the Indian pilgrims to visit the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor in a safe, secure, smooth and easy manner, it said. India has asked Pakistan to allow pilgrims to travel on foot, if they wish. It also urged that another 10,000 pilgrims be allowed access on festivals like Baisakhi and Gurupurab. Last November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on November 26 last year laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district. Two days later, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, 125 km from Lahore.last_img read more


The Modi Years

first_img2014 August 15, 2014 PM’s first address to the nation: Speaking from Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi announced the launch of Jan Dhan Yojana, ensuring bank accounts for all Indians. He also officially declared the dismantling of Planning Commission and announced the establishment of a ‘new institution’ (NITI Aayog).October 2, 2014 Swachh Bharat: Launched on Gandhi Jayanti, it intended to build 90 million toilets in rural India at a projected cost of Rs 1.96 lakh crore. The government claims that 30 out of 32 states/Union Territories are ODF now, but there has been a stream of reports stating that the practice is still prevalent and built toilets are inadequately engineered. Also Read – Torpedoing Bengal20152015-2018 Mob Lynching: Mohammad Akhlaq was the first to fall and there seemed to be no stopping. Vigilante groups across the country spread fear in the name of protecting custom. After widespread condemnation, on July 17, 2018, a Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, termed incidents of mob-lynching in India as ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’.2016November 8, 2016 Demonetisation: It was announced as an effective countermeasure to rampant corruption and penetration of black money into the economy. Poor implementation caused major disruption in the lives of ordinary citizens and black money flourishes unrestricted. Also Read – Educational model of coexistence2017February 15, 2017 India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) successfully managed to launch 104 satellites into space in a single go, a remarkable achievement by ISRO.July 1, 2017 GST roll out by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley caused a paradigm shift in India’s tax system. Hiccups in implementation though still persist.2018January 12, 2018 SC judges’ historic press conference: The judiciary displayed visible cracks when four senior-most judges called a press conference to voice discomfort with Chief Justic Dipak Misra in allocation of cases that could eventually hamper democratic fabric of the nation. March 11, 2018 The International Solar Alliance jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron held its first meeting in New Delhi on March 11, 2018 to contribute to Paris Climate Agreement by actively promoting solar usage.March 6-12, 2018 Kisan March: In March 2018, 25,000 farmers marched from the city of Nashik to Mumbai to demand debt relief, minimum support prices and land rights. And, in late November, 20,000 farmers marched from Thane to Mumbai to demand drought compensation. On October 2, 2018, more than 30,000 farmers came knocking at the doors of India’s capital city, New Delhi.September 6, 2018 Abolition of Section 377 by Supreme Court received applause from across society. For the first time, India’s LGBTQ community will not be subject to harassment by law and police. Society though is yet to evolve.October 2018 CBI crisis: Infighting within CBI became ugly with corruption charges against No 1 and No 2 officers. On January 10, 2019, the selection panel officially removed Verma from his position.NOVEMBER 2018 Indiscriminate pellet gun firing in Kashmir injured a 19-month child who suffered eye injuries – this incident caught international attention and a renewed anger towards India’s inadequacy in Kashmir was realised. The widespread use of pellet guns against protesters in recent years has led to an estimated 3,000 people in the region sustaining eye injuries – locals call it a ‘dead eye epidemic’. 2019February 14, 2019 The Pulwama terror attack, where a truck loaded with explosives rammed into a CRPF convoy, leading to the death of 40 CRPF jawans, was mourned by whole of India. This was soon followed by the Balakot air strikes by India on Pakistan. March 27, 2019 Mission Shakti launched by India to test its A-SAT capacities in space was a success that lent India an entry into the elite club of space powers with proven access to such technology. India is only the fourth country to achieve this status.last_img read more


Auburns Jovon Robinson In Transcript Scandal

Shady ethics have been a part of college sports for a long time now. It’s the stuff that, if focused on, can sully the pageantry and magnificence of the games. Questions abound frequently in whispers about how an academically challenged student got accepted to a particular college. What’s happening at Auburn right now might shed some light on how.Tiger freshman running back Jovon Robinson is being held out of practice while the NCAA investigates allegations that his high school transcript was fake.Athletic department spokesman Kirk Sampson said Friday that Robinson’s academic status is being reviewed.Memphis City Schools said in a statement that NCAA officials contacted the school district Tuesday regarding allegations involving a former Wooddale High School athlete. The statement said schools superintendent Kriner Cash ordered an immediate investigation and that a school guidance counselor resigned after admitting to creating the falsified transcript.The Memphis Commercial Appeal first reported the allegations Friday.The statement did not identify the counselor or the student, but the fact that Robinson, from Memphis, is being held out while his “academic status” is under review makes it pretty clear it is Robinson.“Know that the District has clear and strict policies and procedures regarding student transcripts,” the school district statement said. “Academic fraud is not and will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and accordingly.”Robinson was one of Auburn’s top prospects, and had a chance to contribute in a backfield trying to replace starter Mike Dyer. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder is easily the biggest of Auburn’s tailbacks and would bring a physical presence to the backfield if he’s eligible.Messages left by The Associated Press at the school were not returned.Emails sent to guidance counselors, head coach Keith Spann, assistant football coach Michael Collins and the school principal, Michael Kyle, were not returned. A phone number listed for Spann was disconnected.Potentially ugly stuff – but not unusual. Happens all the time. Just not all the time exposed. read more


Ronaldos sister blames the Mafia for his Ballon dOr snub

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Elma, was far from impressed with voters for her brother’s Ballon d’Or snub on Monday nightRonaldo’s hopes of a record sixth Ballon d’Or ended on Monday night after his former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric beating him by nearly 300 votes.The Portuguese forward has now finished as runner-up to Modric twice after losing out in the FIFA Player of the Year to the Croatian in September, despite another prolific campaign.This came in light of a stunning year from Modric, which saw him help Real win three straight Champions League titles and lead Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.But, as far as Ronaldo’s two sisters are concerned, the Juventus star deserved the Ballon d’Or and pointed the blame towards “the mafia” for his omission.“Unfortunately this is the world we live in, rotten, with the mafia and f******g money,” Elma Aveiro wrote on Instagram.“The power of God is a lot greater than all this rottenness. God takes his time but he doesn’t fail.”Ronaldo’s older sister Katia Aveiro added on Instagram: “Best player in the world….for those who understand football of course.”last_img read more