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first_imgBy BEN HARRISFor South Australia Heat, the National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium are more than just a touch football tournament.The girls team in particular have had to overcome a significant hurdle that personally impacted many within the touch football community.The terrible skiing accident in July which left the Heat’s National Youth Championships girls captain Cody Gray a quadriplegic.Gray was to play at this event however, the wonders of modern technology has allowed her to have a different view.“Modern technology allows us to get her up on face-time and almost be in the sub box and she was barking instructions to the girls from Adelaide the other day,” South Australia Touch’s state operations manager Tim Wyld said.“The girls are holding up pretty well in a tough situation, we will see how we go but they are using it as a motivator.”On day one, the Heat won two of their three matches as they try to continue their impressive form.“It seems to be a gradual improvement. We are back-to-back [champions] in development states titles in the girls’ division and a fourth place in the girls T-League at the NTLs [National Touch League],” Wyld said.“Most of these girls played in that side too. We have a core group of girls who are going through together and it’s holding us in good stead.”Led by first-year coach Ellie Konopka, who played at the National Youth Championships last year, the Heat are making ground.“She is doing a fantastic job, and given the impact this team has had and the things she needs to deal with,” Wyld said.“A lot of coaches haven’t had to deal with that in their lifetime and in her first tournament, she has had to help out. “She has done a fantastic job, and it is great to see Mick [Gray] here too and continuing that mentoring role with her, I think she will be a fantastic coach.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNational Youth Champslast_img read more

first_imgBURNABY (NEWS 1130) – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was officially nominated to run for a seat in October’s federal election Friday night.When NEWS 1130 spoke with him afterward, the newly-nominated candidate for Burnaby-South answered questions about the challenges the party is facing when it comes to slating candidates and fundraising.There are 338 seats to fill in the federal election. So far, the NDP has fewer than 180 people running, which is the lowest number of the major parties. New Democrats raised less money than the Green Party last quarter, while the Liberals and Conservatives raked in donations in record numbers.NEWS 1130: How do you explain the fact that the NDP has far fewer candidates nominated than the other parties?Jagmeet Singh: We want to change the status quo. Right now the status quo is we see women are not represented in politics, they’re far underrepresented based on population. We don’t see very many marginalized people in politics, people from the LGBTQ community, from other racialized communities. We don’t think that should be the way things are. And so, to change that it’s going to take a lot of work.We have a really thorough process where we try to recruit people that are not actually represented in politics. Often the most qualified women don’t see themselves reflected, so they don’t think that they’re good candidates. It takes a lot of work to get them to be candidates, to recruit them, to encourage them. Same thing for a lot of other minority communities. So, we take a lot of effort. The results have shown. We’ve got 51 per cent of our candidates, more than half our candidates, are women. We’ve got lots of folks who are Indigenous, we’ve got lots of racialized people. It takes a lot of work to try and do things differently – that’s why it’s taken us longer.Also, we’ve got a nomination process. We can’t actually appoint people. Where the other parties have the ability to directly nominate someone and make them the candidate, we actually have to go through a democratic process at the riding level. Those are two of the things that set us apart. I’m proud of those differences and it means it’s going to take us a little bit longer.When will the nomination process for New Democrats be complete?We’re going to have 338 candidates for people to vote for come election time, really confident about that.What do you have to say to party members who have been venting their frustration over the apparent lag in choosing candidates?We’ve got a process where we want to make sure everyone follows the same rules and most importantly that they believe in the values that we have. We’ve got lots of candidates ready to go. It’s just a matter of our process taking a little bit longer and it’s for a good cause. It’s to make sure that we’ve got the best and that we’ve got people that really follow and believe in our values.So, the ultimate goal for the NDP is to have 50 per cent women run in the upcoming federal election?Absolutely, we want 50 per cent or more women. That’s very important for me personally. If we don’t put in the effort now: How are we going to get the results? We’ve seen historically women aren’t represented in politics. We can’t just hope that things will be different, it’s going to take work. And for us, that means making sure we do everything possible to nominate as many women as possible so that we can get women elected into Parliament. Without taking the effort it’s not going to change. And that’s why we’re doing things differently. I’ve made this a priority for me and the results are showing.Another area where the NDP is facing criticism is fundraising. Why is the NDP doing so poorly compared to other parties?I can give you one example. The Liberals and Conservatives are where multi-billionaires think they have the best shot. So SNC-Lavalin, the company that’s under a lot of scrutiny in the scandal, donated illegally to both Liberals and Conservatives and they were fined for doing so. Most recently, Axor was also fined. They also donated thousands and thousands of dollars to both the Liberals and the Conservatives. They went through their company and their CEO basically got staff to donate illegally and reimbursed them through the company. Basically, billionaire companies like these, they believe that the Liberals and Conservatives have got their back. And that’s the history.Both parties have consistently chosen to make life easier for multi-billionaires and harder for everyone else. And we’re not the same thing. We actually are a people’s party. We’re for working class, everyday, middle-class families. That’s who we represent and so it’s harder for us to get the funds. These status quo parties have different access. We don’t have the same. It means we’re actually fueled by and funded by people, everyday people. That’s what makes us different and I’m proud of that.So far this election looks like a two horse race between the Liberals and the Conservatives. What does the NDP need to do to change this?It is a two horse race. It’s between the Liberals and Conservative parties of the status quo, parties that have long supported multi-billionaires; parties that have got a long track record of putting the needs of multi-billionaires ahead of people – and us, the working-class party, the party of middle-class Canadians.So it is a two horse race. You can choose the status quo parties: the ones that have continued to put Canada into the position it’s in right now; the ones that have chosen to let Telecom companies rip off Canadians; the ones who have chosen to make it hard to find a home; the ones that have chosen to cut funding into healthcare. Or, they can choose New Democrats, the party that believes in expanding our healthcare. We want to bring in medication coverage for all. Whenever we’ve seen increases in services for Canadians it’s been when New Democrats have been in a position of power.If you vote for a New Democrat, you get someone who’s going to fight for you, on your side. Who’s going to expand the services that you and your family need. That’s what I’m committed to show folks. That’s what I’m confident, during the campaign, people will see.With files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgCanada’s main stock index closed lower Tuesday while U.S. markets continued a streak of volatility with a late-day plunge that left all main indexes in the red.The sell-off in U.S. markets came a day after one of the best showings in more than two years to recover some of the heavy losses from last week.Tuesday’s return to a down market is part of a continuation of last week’s slide, as concerns on U.S. trade and policies put pressure on markets, said Sid Mokhtari, executive director of portfolio & technical research at CIBC Capital Markets.“It’s more of a follow through that we had from late last week, when we had the sell-off last Thursday and then more follow-through pressure on Friday.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 82.38 points to 15,216.18, led by declines in key financial and materials sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 344.89 points to 23,857.71. The S&P 500 index was down 45.93 points to 2,612.62 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 211.73 points to 7,008.81.The sell-off came despite easing fears on trade tensions that helped markets rise Monday, including some conciliatory signals from China and U.S. flexibility on steel and aluminum tariff exemptions.The declines look to be part of a wider shift in buyer attitudes in the market, where there’s a greater emphasis on selling and higher volumes on down days, said Mokhtari.“This is almost becoming a market that previously had a buy the dips… and now slowly you’re seeing investors focusing on selling the strength, and that’s becoming something more of a theme.”Mokhtari said the S&P 500 has been testing the 200-day moving average lately, and that if the index drops below that average it could trigger wider sales.“Once that level is breached or violated you’ll probably see a lot of accelerated selling.”The technology sector also weighed on markets Tuesday, with Twitter down 12 per cent and Facebook sliding another five per cent on continued scrutiny of data management practices.The Canadian dollar closed at 77.71 cents US, up 0.11 of a US cent.The May crude contract closed down 30 cents to US$65.25 per barrel and the May natural gas contract ended up six cents to US$2.71 per mmBTU.The April gold contract closed down US$13.00 to US$1,342.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was up three cents to US$3.00 a pound.last_img read more

first_imgLondon’s Gatwick Airport remains shut while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield.Passengers travelling Thursday were advised to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.Gatwick first closed Wednesday night at around 9 p.m. (2100 GMT) when drones were sighted. It reopened at around 3 a.m. (0300 GMT) Thursday morning but shut down again in 45 minutes when drones were spotted.Many incoming flights have been diverted to other destinations in Britain and continental Europe. The disruption is having a ripple effect on air travel as cancellations mount.The drone sighting came near the height of the busy Christmas travel season.Gatwick is a busy airport 27 miles (43 kilometres) south of central London.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a collision that happened Thursday afternoon between a boom lift and pick-up truck.The RCMP were called at approximately 5:15 p.m. to a collision on the Swanson Lumber Road (259 Rd.), between a boom lift and a pick-up truck.  RCMP members that attended the scene found that the boom lift had been rear-ended by a pick-up truck.  The collision caused the male driver of the boom lift to be trapped in the basket.B.C. Ambulance Services and the Fort St. John Fire Department attended the scene and helped to revive the male who was initially unresponsive.  The male was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital and later flown to Vancouver for surgery.  As of Saturday morning, the male was stable and doing well in recovery. The RCMP Traffic Reconstruction unit attended the scene to assist in the investigation.  The cause is still undetermined, but Police believe distracted driving may have been a factor in the collision.last_img read more

first_imgWilson said there’s no evidence that any of Cohodes’ social media statements caused Badger stock to fall in the short term and, furthermore, the stock has gained about 20 percent since Cohodes began talking about it on Twitter in May 2017.ASC counsel Don Young countered that the interim ceases trade order was needed to prevent Cohodes from continuing his “protracted campaign” to harm Badger’s reputation for his eventual gain and actual share price erosion wasn’t integral to the case.He said the order would give the regulator time needed to complete an investigation into the short seller’s activities, pointing out that accusing Badger of illegal dumping was serious given that proper disposal of material is a vital part of the hydrovac excavating company’s business.Wilson said Badger has the option of pursuing a civil case against Cohodes but hasn’t, suggesting it’s because his remarks are protected by free speech law in both Canada and the United States. In a hearing on Wednesday morning, Calgary lawyer Andrew Wilson, acting for the California investor while he listened in by telephone, said the order requested by ASC staff was “deliberately rushed” and based on an incomplete evidence record.“Being a short seller is not unlawful. It actually does serve an important part in our capital markets,” said Wilson.“The public interest is not just Badger Daylighting. It’s much broader than that. It’s people who also want to say positive or negative things about companies and it’s understanding what role regulators are going to play in the market.”Short sellers sell a security they don’t own or have borrowed in hopes its market price will decline, enabling it to be bought back at a lower price to make a profit.Last week, staff for the regulator announced they would seek the order against Cohodes, an investor who has taken short positions in many companies including Home Capital Group of Toronto, because of statements he made about Badger. Those included a June 27th Twitter post containing a picture of a Badger truck as support for his allegation of its illegal dumping of toxic substances.The regulator said Cohodes has made numerous negative public claims over a period of more than a year, coinciding with the acquisition of his short position, accusing him of trying to artificially manipulate the price of Badger securities. CALGARY, A.B. – The Alberta Securities Commission has rejected a requested order to prevent American short-seller Marc Cohodes from trading shares in or providing misleading information about Calgary-based Badger Daylighting Ltd.In an oral decision released Wednesday afternoon, the provincial regulator said staff hadn’t proved there was an urgent need for the interim order to control Cohodes’ activity while a full investigation is undertaken.“There are insufficient grounds for us to exercise our jurisdiction to make any orders … Accordingly, we dismiss the application,” said Thomas Cotter, chair of the two-member ASC panel.center_img Badger CEO Paul Vanderberg, who attended the hearing, said he would not comment on the outcome or the possibility of a civil suit against Cohodes.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

first_imgOwners of more than 247,500 properties throughout Northern B.C. can expect to receive their 2019 assessment notices by mail.Deputy Assessor, Jarret Krantz, is encouraging properties owners to contact B.C. Assessment if they feel there is an error in their property assessment.“Property owners can find a lot of information on our website including answers tomany assessment-related questions, but those who feel that their property assessmentdoes not reflect market value as of July 1, 2018, or see incorrect information on theirnotice, should contact B.C. Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon as possible inJanuary.”For more information on property values in Northern B.C., you can visit the B.C. Assessment website. Meanwhile, commercial property values, in Fort St. John, have grown by 2.38 percent when compared to the previous assessment.In Taylor, there was a 0.77 percent decrease in residential property values.Despite a slight decrease in residential values, the District saw a value increase in light industrial and commercial properties; 2.89 percent and 0.12 percent respectively.Dawson Creek saw increases in all three property value types.For residential, the City saw a small increase of 0.36 percent, an increase of 2.86 for industrial and a 1.02 percent increase for commercial property values.Property assessments in this report reflect market values as of July 1, 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Assessment has released their report for the 2019 Property Assessments.For Fort St. John, the assessment indicates that there was a 2.51 percent decrease in residential property values. The average residential property value currently sits at $319,000, compared to $326,000 in the Assessment from 2018.Light industrial property values have also seen a decrease of 1.99 percent when compared to 2018 values.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: An 18-year-old boy bled to death after his neck was entangled in a kite string at Timarpur in North Delhi. The boy was going to the market to get some summer cooler equipment on Monday evening. As he was riding back home on his bike, his neck was cut by a sharp manjha (string). The police were immediately informed. He was soon rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his grievous injuries.The deceased was later identified as Ravi, a resident of Yograj Colony, Gandhi Vihar in Timarpur. When the police reached the spot they found a black colour string with traces of blood on it. The police have seized the string found on the road. The police team is now searching for the accused. “We have registered a case under section 336 of IPC (Act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304A (causing death by negligence). Our teams are working on it. The accused is yet to be identified,” said Nupur Prasad, DCP North. Despite ban on Chinese manjha , it is being sold illegaly and the sale increases around Makar Sankranti and Independence day when kite flying becomes a tradition. Around this time, birds become the major victims of the Chinese manjha as the bird hospitals are flooded with cases where the birds are grievously injured by the kite strings. Several human loss of life has also been reported from various parts of the country because of the Chinese manjha. The dangerous part is the majha is glass coated and causes grievous injury if the victim is moving in high speed.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: New Delhi parliamentary constituency always remains the centre of attraction for all the major political parties contesting the Lok Sabha elections in the national capital as it is considered as the political powerhouse. The constituency comprises North-Block and South Block, Janpath, NDMC areas, South Extention, Lodi Colony, B K Dutt colony, Safdarjung Enclave, President House, South and North Avenues, Gol Daak Khana, Connaught Place, Panchkuyia Road, RBI quarters and Sarojni Nagar etc. The New Delhi is popularly recognised as Lutyens’ Delhi and most of the NDMC areas fall under this constituency. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe New Delhi constituency is the seat from where the national capital got its first woman MP Sucheta Kriplani in 1951. She contested from New Delhi on a ticket of the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party, founded by her husband Acharya Kripalani and had defeated Congress’ Manmohini Sehgal, a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Apart from this, the Constituency has been represented and contested by some of the top names in Indian politics including former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, Congress’ actor-turned-politician Rajesh Khanna, BJP leader Jagmohan- who won a hat-trick in Lok Sabha elections from New Delhi seat (1996, 1998 and 1999), and Congress leader Ajay Maken. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfter Jagmohan’s hatrick, Congress leader Ajay Maken emerged as winner from New Delhi seat in 2004 and 2009. Currently BJP’s Meenakashi Lekhi is MP from New Delhi seat. In 2014, the BJP candidate Lekhi had defeated AAP’s Ashish Khaitan with huge margin. However in 2015 Assembly polls, the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party emerged victorious on all the 10 assembly seats which falls under the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. The constituency comprises 37 percent government employees. New Delhi has population share of 20 percent Punjabi, 18 percent Scheduled Caste, 10 percent Bania, 10 percent Brahmin and 1.1 percent slum dwellers.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Friday said the country’s politics was at an all-time low and desperate measures were visible as Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a personal attack on former PM Rajiv Gandhi, accusing him of using a Naval warship for a holiday. “Politics at an all time low …Desperate measures are visible. Hitting out at an assassinated Prime minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi, to mislead the people of India. A person who cannot defend himself… Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “We the family will strive for his vision and the people of India will. Fight for his dignity and respect. It’s only time, for a respectful change in our country,” he wrote on Twitter and Facebook. Vadra is married to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the daughter of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. A controversy broke out on Thursday over Modi’s allegation that Rajiv Gandhi had used INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for a holiday, a charge rejected by the Congress as well as former Navy chief Admiral (retd) L Ramdas and a former commanding officer of the aircraft carrier.last_img read more