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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Puppy

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Puppy! If expressive ears are your thing, you will love Puppy! This sweet gentlemen is 9-years-old and weights just 11.6 pounds. Because he is small, children in his new family should be older, dog-savvy and gentle.Puppy is a sweet 9-year-old that loves everyone. He just need a home to call his own. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetHe has a mostly white coat with adorable brown markings on his face and years. Since Puppy loves everyone (kids, cats, and dogs!), he will make some lucky person a great forever companion.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

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LVR opens hardcourt season with silver showing in Silver City

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers opened the 2013-14 High School Boy’s Basketball season with a second-place finish at the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Invitational Tournament Saturday in Trail.Kalamalka Lakers of Vernon outlasted the Bombers 80-55 in the tourney final.”Kal exposed our man to man defense which needs work,” said Bomber rookie head coach Jeremy Phelan.”Everyone was picking up unnecessary foul calls and had to be sat.””The game was close up to this point where the bench players had to come into the rotation,” Phelan added.Kalamalka held leads of18-10 after first quarter; 35-21 at half and 59-37 after three quarters.”Tobin stepped up his game from the previous day and was more effective against Kal,” Phelan explained. “He scored 14 points but was hampered with foul trouble throughout the game and was player of the game for us.”Bjorn Morris also had 14 points for the Bombers while Ethan Perkins finished with eight points along with a number of steals leading to fast break points.Josh Matosevic again showed he belongs on the senior squad, playing big minutes and scoring seven points.LVR opened the four-team tournament by stopping host Crowe Hawks 53-35.Morris, named player of the game, led the Bombers with 14 points — 12 in the second half.LVR held period leads of 8-7 after one quarter, 23-14 at half and 38-23 after three quarters.Avery Kushner led the Bombers with his strong play.LVR then bounced School District rival Mount Sentinel  Wildcats 58-31.Perkins, Morris and Matosevic were tops scorers for LVR witih eight, 15 and 10 points, respectively.”Everyone got on the scoresheet again, but Mount Sentinel zoned us an we had trouble running our offense.”last_img read more

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CFL Grey Cup — more than just a football game

first_imgWas it, or wasn’t it? Was it or wasn’t it a bad call, or was it or wasn’t it a great game.The 2014 Grey Cup delivered it’s share of glitz and glimmer and, at the same time, some controversy as the Calgary Stampeders hung on to clip the Hamilton Tiger Cats 20-16 Sunday before 52,000 plus fans of Canadian Football at BC Place in Vancouver.This time your’s truly got to experience the game from the fans point of view, sitting at the 50-yard line behind the Stamp bench after getting the media treatment during previous Grey Cups in Vancouver.But even before fans watching on television saw crazy spectators in action in the stands, those, including myself, witnessed craziness on the streets outside BC Place.Fans from throughout the CFL lined up to attend the tailgate party next to the Terry Fox statue and the Plaza of Nations.Cheerleaders from Calgary, Hamilton and BC, along with live bands, entertained the fans who began streaming into the stadium the moment the doors opened.Dressed in their favourite team colours, and yes there were even Lions faithful donning the painted faces and kooky costumes, fans joined in with the traditional “Fan Parade” complete with the Grey Cup, on Robson Street.The scene was reminiscent of what I experienced in 2010 during the Winter Olympics.”Bought our tickets back in December,” a dressed up Hans from Saskatchewan in Rider garb said from the Plaza of Nations tailgate party.”I’ve been to the last four Cups. I enjoy meeting the people and having fun,” Hans said when asked about if he’s disappointed the Riders didn’t make it back to defend the Cup won in 2013 in Regina. Inside the game was, well, a little boring as Calgary toyed with the Tiger Cats through the first half.And whoever organized the halftime show had better give their heads a shake.While the Imagine Dragons, an American Indie rock band from Las Vegas, rocked BC Place, only a third of the fans — not including me — got a chance to see the act live as the stage blocked out most of the people in the seats.Gotta love organizers catering to the television audience instead of the people who paid big bucks to see the game live.Back to the game, Hamilton somehow made it a game, moving the ball down the field and rallying from a 17-7 halftime deficit.However, instead of touchdowns all the Cats could materialize were field goals.Then with time running out, and Calgary punting the ball to the Tiger Cats spark plug Brandon Banks, the unthinkable happened.Like he did in the Eastern Final to Montreal, Banks took the ball from deep in his territory, first broke to his left before reversing the field and running the ball some 90-plus yards into the end zone.However, it was all for not as Hamilton’s Taylor Reed was whistled for a holding penalty on the play.Hamilton fans experienced first hand what Roughrider fans felt in 2009 when an Illegal substitution resulted in too many men on the field, for Saskatchewan.David Duval had missed his field goal attempt on the play but got another chance, and nailed it, to give Montreal the championship.The game, at that point, was for all intense and purpose, over.Zach Collaros tried to initiate a late-game rally, but the Hamilton quarterback was a sacks twice, the final play resulting his “Hail-Mary” pass being deflected out of his hands. “We left too many points on the field,” said a Hamilton fan during a Global TV interview from outside BC Place. “Too many points.”And one too many holding calls.last_img read more

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SAN CARLOS STAKES QUOTES (SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2016)

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES PETER EURTON, KOBE’S BACK, WINNER: Did you see how he came out of the gate? He broke too fresh, and that was good. He’s just good right now. He’s the best he’s been in so long. Gary hustled him a little bit and then he kind of let him fall back.”“He’ll probably run next at Churchill Downs on Derby Day (May 7 in the Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs).” TYLER BAZE, COASTLINE, SECOND: “I had a beautiful trip. I didn’t really know how much he would eat the dirt, but I watched the replays from his dirt races and it looked like he had handled dirt in the face just fine. I really kind of let him run his race. I wanted to be patient with him going from six and a half down the hill to seven eighths, I think the distance is never a question with him, but I wanted to make sure I timed it right – especially when I had to thread the needle through a haystack. He ran really good.” JOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, CALCULATOR, THIRD: “I had a good race, he [Calculator] had his shot and he was a little bit aggressive on the back side. That’s my only regret but overall, we had a good trip. He’s a good horse and he’s going to improve anyway so I’m happy with that race.” GARY STEVENS, KOBE’S BACK, WINNER: “It was the best he’s ever broken. I’ve been aboard him in a couple of workouts in the mornings, before his last race and again last week and there have been a few times that he’s wanted to go after horses in front of him and I’ve let him. What I found out is that he’s not only a great stretch runner but he’s a good turn runner. And that wasn’t the case last year. With a little time off and the addition of blinkers he seems a lot more focused.“He’s running on the turn so he’s gaining ground and doesn’t have to work so hard in the stretch. It gives me a lot of confidence. I knew at the half-mile pole that they were all in deep water and that’s a pretty good feeling.”“Pete’s got him figured out.” NOTES: The winning owners Lee and Susan Searing of Rancho Cucamonga who race as C R K Stable.last_img read more

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Private sector ‘key’ to youth jobs plan

first_img7 May 2013 The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has called on employers to support the Youth Employment Accord, a government-led multi-partner initiative aimed at tackling the economic challenges facing young South Africans. The pact, signed by the government, labour, business and other civil society representatives in April, commits the partners in particular to improve education and training opportunities for youngsters between school-leaving and first employment. Another commitment is to improve work exposure by connecting young people with employment opportunities through support for job placement and work-readiness schemes. The government is confident that all the preparatory work for implementing the accord will be completed between May and June, with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe saying that all the signatories have already starting taking steps to honour their commitments.Companies ‘must absorb more young people’ Yershen Pillay, the newly appointed chairperson of the NYDA, told SAnews this week that employers would need to throw their weight behind the plan by absorbing more young people into companies. “We need to see more of the private sector employers’ involvement in issues facing the young people of this country, not only in terms of financial support but also absorbing young people into companies – whether through internships or employment,” Pillay said. “Generally, the commitment has not been satisfactory, but we do believe that the private sector will come to the party through the Youth Employment Accord.” He also said that the accord would not succeed if it failed to get support from the very people it was seeking to help. “If young people have no idea what the accord seeks to achieve, then we will have a problem,” Pillay said. Critics of the plan have questioned its viability, saying the ideas are good but questioning if the necessary financial muscle would be there to implement them.IDC, Patrice Motsepe pledge funding The state-owned Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) has been one of the first to give the plan financial backing, pledging to set aside R1-billion from its “Gro-E” funding scheme to provide low-interest rate loans to youth-owned or youth-related enterprises over the next three years. The IDC will also provide technical support to young people to assist in accessing these funds, and will refer them to other support available in the state. Business mogul Patrice Motsepe has also come forward with hard funds, committing, through the Motsepe Family Foundation, R100-million over the next three years for youth co-operatives and enterprises. “That is what we want to see more of from the private sector,” Pillay said. “We call on more companies to come to the party. We will do our part and as the NYDA, we would also like to exercise some kind of oversight or monitoring of the implementation of the actual accord to see whether certain targets are being met.” The 2011 Census results put South Africa’s overall unemployment rate at near 25%, with unemployment at 33.7% among those aged 25-29 and at 27.4% among those aged 30-34.More youth jobs in public sector For its part, government has committed to increasing the number of young people employed in the public sector, and to ensuring that departments introduce focused internship programmes aimed, over a period of time, at interns making up 5% of the total departmentel employment. The government’s Green Paper on Higher Education and Skills Development has also set ambitious targets for expanding higher education and training in the country. By 2030, according to the paper’s proposals, university enrolments should have increased to 1.5-million, or 23% of people in the relevant age group – up from 900 000 today, which is only a 16% participation rate. Pillay said that based on its staff complement, the NYDA would lead by example by providing 15 young people with internships, and hoped that other state entities follow suit. The agency employs about 300 people. “That’s realistic,” he said. “It’s achievable, and … it’s things like this that we need to do to make this work.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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AIMIM correct in opposing Vande Mataram, says Prakash Ambedkar

first_imgWhile saying that he was opposed to the compulsory singing of Vande Mataram, the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) chief Prakash Ambedkar said on Monday that his party supported the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on the matter.“AIMIM is not opposed to [singing of the] national anthem, only the national song. We too fully support them on this issue. Why do we need to make singing of Vande Mataram when we have a national anthem?” Mr. Ambedkar asked. Mr. Ambedkar, who recently forged an alliance with the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM for next year’s general and State elections was speaking in Parbhani district in Marathwada.“It is absurd to brand anyone who does not sing Vande Mataram as ‘anti-Indian’,” he said.Mr. Owaisi had earlier said that the compulsory singing of Vande Mataram was “unconstitutional” and was merely a ploy of the ruling Narendra Modi government to promote Hindutva. The parties recently forged an alliance with an eye to consolidating the Dalit-Muslim-OBC votes in the State.Mr. Ambedkar hit out at the four major political parties in the State, remarking that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena coalition as well as the opposition Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) only played divisive caste politics.“All four parties have an entrenched upper-caste mentality about them,” he said, adding that the BBM-AIMIM alliance would give tickets to the humblest members from the backward communities in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election.last_img read more

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a month agoFIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not count

first_imgFIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not countby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIFA have intervened to explain why votes from Egypt for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah did not count in the Best Player award.Salah came fourth in the count.Barcelona forward Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award for a record sixth time on Monday while Salah finished fourth – 20 points behind Messi.The captain and coach of every national soccer federation affiliated to FIFA get to vote on the player of the year, along with one media representative from each country.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said captain Ahmed Elmohamady and then-coach Shawky Gharib both picked Salah as their first choice, but their votes were missing from a list released by FIFA.”The Egyptian FA have received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August 2019,” a FIFA spokesperson said.”The Egyptian FA has not submitted a response within the (limited) timeframe until Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Therefore, the votes from the Egyptian FA could not be counted.”FIFA did not clarify if the final standings would have been any different if the votes had been valid. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Paris attacks suspect charged over Brussels suicide bombings

first_imgBrussels: Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect in the November 2015 Paris attacks, has been formally charged in connection with the Brussels suicide bombings months later, federal prosecutors said Monday. Abdeslam was charged with “participating in the activities of a terrorist group,” the federal prosecutor’s office told AFP, confirming reports in the Belgian media in recent days. The prosecutor’s office did not give details of his alleged role in the suicide bombings at Brussels airport and a city metro station on March 22, 2016, which killed 32 people and wounded 340 others. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks which occurred within an hour of each other. Investigators say the attacks were ordered from Syria and organised by a French-Belgian cell in Brussels, which was also behind the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds of others. In April, a Belgian court sentenced Abdeslam to 20 years in prison over a gun battle with police in Brussels that led to his capture days before the Brussels suicide bombings. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAbdeslam, a Belgian-born French national who hails from the Brussels Molenbeek neighbourhood, is being held in jail in France pending a separate trial over the Paris attacks. Abdeslam is alleged to have dropped off three suicide bombers at a Paris sports stadium the evening of the November attacks before abandoning a suicide belt he was apparently going to detonate. Before Abdeslam’s indictment was confirmed in the Belgian capital, 12 people had been charged in connection with the Brussels bombings. The defendants are due to be tried next year in the former NATO headquarters in the Belgian capital, which sources said could begin in the autumn of 2020 and last up to eight months. Among the main defendants are Mohamed Abrini and Osama Krayem, who were arrested in April 2016. Investigators say Abrini did not set off his suitcase bomb at Zaventem airport with the other two suicide bombers and was captured days later. Abrini was filmed at a service station en route to Paris just before the November 2015 attacks which were also claimed by Islamic State. Salah Abdeslam was seen with Abrini at the station. Krayem was seen next to the suicide bomber at the metro station near EU headquarters in Brussels moments before the blast.last_img read more

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Canada gives border security extra powers to crack down on cheap steel

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is taking extra steps to crack down on companies that try to ship cheap foreign steel and aluminum through the domestic market, while sending a signal to the U.S. administration that Canada is not the problem.“We have the laws on the books, but we’re going to make sure that these laws are fully enforced and that Canada is part of the solution,” International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Tuesday after Ottawa moved to strengthen the existing regime.The government has invested the Canada Border Services Agency with additional powers to identify businesses that try to dodge import duties, as well as more flexibility to determine whether prices in countries of origin are reliable or distorted.Next month, unions will also be allowed to take part in trade-remedy proceedings, including at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, into whether foreign exports hurt domestic producers.The regulatory changes come after a period of uncertainty earlier this month over whether the United States would include Canada and Mexico — already deep into negotiating the new North American Free Trade Agreement — in its list of countries that would have to pay steep new tariffs on shipments of steel and aluminum destined for below the border.That immediate threat, which prompted a lobbying effort by Canadian political, business and labour leaders, faded once Canada was granted an exemption. But the U.S. has suggested that its reprieve, which is currently set to expire May 1, could be dependent on successful NAFTA talks.The additional measures, which are designed to strengthen protection that is already there, could also play a role in that fight, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale insisted Tuesday.“We’re not going to give anyone any specious excuse for any kind of action against the Canadian steel or aluminum industry, because that action is totally, entirely and utterly unjustified,” he said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who raised the matter Monday in a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, suggested during question period that the decision to strengthen the existing regime was a recent one.“This past few days, we’ve looked at strengthening the measures we already have in place because it’s important that we not be taking in dumped steel from around the world,” he said. He delivered the same message when visiting steel and aluminum workers earlier this month, he added.“We’re going to continue to stand firm to protect our industry and the North American industry.”Champagne, meanwhile, refused to speculate on how the U.S. might react: “We’ll see the decision on the American side.”Joseph Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, said he welcomed the regulatory changes as a good start, but also called on Ottawa to boost resources for investigative capacities at the border agency and consider safeguard measures, such as temporarily restricting imports, when they suspect there is a problem.The European Union, for example, began an investigation into steel imports Monday as part of its response to the new U.S. tariffs, due to concerns it would increase diversion of cheap metals from other countries into its market.Galimberti suggested there is no room for complacency.“We are going to continue our dialogue with counterparts in the U.S. to address things like diversion and trans-shipment that have been identified as concerns,” he said, adding he expects the Liberal government to do the same.“If there are additional steps to be suggested as part of those discussions, we expect the government of Canada to take those steps.”Besides, the U.S. has suggested that an exemption will come with a cost.“By necessity, if you’re going to be defending your aluminum and steel industries, any country that winds up exempt from the tariffs will have to also have some kind of restriction — likely a quota — in order to defend our domestic industries,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told CNBC Monday.“I think we can come to some very nice accommodations with all of our partners where we’re friends and allies, but we want fair and reciprocal trade while we defend key industries like aluminum and steel,” he said.— With files from Geordon Omand in Ottawa and Alexander Panetta in Washington— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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13 bogies of ChapraSurat express derails in Bihar 4 injured

first_imgPatna: Four passengers were injured on Sunday after 13 coaches of Chapra-Surat Tapti Ganga Express derailed in Bihar’s Saran district. The accident took place near Gautam Asthan railway station in Varanasi division at 9.45 am, minutes after the Surat-bound train left Chapra Junction, the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of North Eastern Railway (NER), Sanjay Yadav, said. No casualty has been reported so far, the CPRO told PTI over phone. The accident spot is 10 km away from Chapra town of the district, the CPRO said. The CPRO also said, “The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.” All the four injured have been admitted to a local hospital, he added.last_img read more

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