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Council defers looking at North Peace Alumni Hockey decision until later this year

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While the North Peace Alumni Hockey School won’t be offering hockey clinics in the Energetic City this year, the school could be coming back in 2017.NPAHS President Brad Fast gave a presentation at the June 13th council meeting, when he expressed concern about his organisation being charged a different fee structure than in the previous eleven years the school has been put on, and has resulted in this year’s clinic being cancelled. Mayor Lori Ackerman explained to Fast that it would be illegal for the city to offer preferential treatment to for-profit organisations, which the school is. In previous years, the school was charged a Minor (youth non-profit) rate, as opposed to the Commercial rate. According to the city, the school’s ice rates in 2014 and 2015 totalled $6,731.52 and $7,522.15 respectively. The Commercial rates during those years totalled $33,767.52 and $28,277.15, differences of $27,036 in 2014 and $20,755 in 2015. The city projects that based on the current commercial rate of $303.41 per hour, the NPAHS would be paying $28,278.09 for the ice this year were the clinic were to go ahead, $21,389 more than the school’s previous rate.A motion was put forward to council that while the fee structure not change, that the city would not require a 50% deposit for the school’s ice fees sixty days prior to the ice rental, instead allowing the school to pay the full fees on the first day of the clinic. Councillor Byron Stewart asked whether the school could simply provide the clinic through Fort St. John Minor Hockey. The city’s Director of Community Services Wally Ferris says that FSJ Minor Hockey could in fact enter into an agreement with the city to rent the ice, and then hire the NPAHS on a contract or other basis in order to put on the school. Ferris also explained that it would not be economical to put ice into the smaller North Peace Arena in lieu of at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, as the city puts ice into the speed-skating oval track close to the time that the NPAHS is usually scheduled. Mayor Ackerman expressed concern at the motion allowing for a one-off to the city’s deposit policy, stating that if the policy isn’t appropriate, it should be changed.- Advertisement -Council moved to defer a decision on the deposit policy for the hockey school until the city has completed their Parks and Recreation Master Plan. According to Ferris, the Master Plan is due out in November, with the associated facility rental fee structures being presented to council between November and January.last_img read more

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The NBA comes to Africa

first_imgIn a leap forward for basketball in South Africa and the continent, the NBA’s first game in Africa will be played in August. The captains have been announced for the Team Africa versus Team World play off, with the African side led by Luol Deng. In a first for Africa, the NBA will hold a basketball game in Johannesburg. (Image: Twitter)• Africa and space: the continent looks skyward • Africa played a role in ending World War 2 • Women combat lack of electricity with solar power • African products sold online to fight against malaria • A tribute to South Africa’s neighbours Priya PitamberThe National Basketball Association (NBA) is coming to South Africa, when it will hold its first basketball game in Africa, in August. The Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg will be transformed into a basketball court for the Team Africa versus Team World play off.Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA’s Africa vice-president said it was a major milestone for the group’s efforts on the continent. It has had a presence on the continent for over 30 years. “It is a pivotal moment for the growth of basketball on the continent, and we are grateful to the Players Association, players and team personnel who have committed to be part of this historic event.”An excited Fall hoped the game would become an annual event.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said it was a chance to change the perception of many South Africans, and show that sport was more than rugby, cricket, and soccer. “It will benefit us to grow sport,” he said. “We have started the league of basketball and to put it on the highest pedestal and benefit us in terms of promoting that league here in Mzansi [South Africa].”Team Africa vs Team WorldTeam captains have been named. Heading up Team World is Chris Paul while South Sudanese born Luol Deng will lead the charge for Team Africa.“I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA’s first game in Africa,” said Deng. “Coming from South Sudan and having participated in the Basketball without Borders Africa camps in Johannesburg previously, I am truly honoured to be part of this historic event.”Paul said he was looking forward to representing Team World in the first NBA game in Africa. “It will be my first visit to the continent, and I cannot wait to contribute to the growth of the game on and off the court.”Happy fansBasketball enthusiasts in Africa took to Twitter to show their excitement.#Africa loves basketball and has always been loyal to the #NBA ????. The #NBAAfricaGame is bound to be a cracker!! https://t.co/3HKT5sH8Nk— Sammy Mncwabe (@SammyMncwabe) May 10, 2015Photo: August 1st you will find me court side watching the #NBAAfricaGame! // #NBA #NBAAfrica #Basketball… http://t.co/lz6KkXhJhc— NoShadowJab (@JAB_A_JAW) May 15, 2015Another step in the right direction by the @NBA to become a global sport by launching new exhibition game in Africa. http://t.co/gm5FVivawn— Avish Sood (@AvishSood) April 23, 2015Ticket information, coaches and other players are still to be announced. Big Concerts will keep fans updated.African playersLuol Deng Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, plays for Miami Heat in the NBA, after moving from Chicago Bulls. (Image: Keith Allison, Wikipedia) “I enjoy throwing the ball in the hoop,” Luol Deng told American news site USA Today. But he had not always like the sport, he admitted.Born in what is now South Sudan, his family fled the war and moved to Egypt. When they received a visit from basketball player Manute Bol, Deng’s fate changed, even if he was resistant to it. “Manute started putting in practices at the time, but I wouldn’t play,” Deng said. “I was nine, and I was just watching. I hated basketball then. I was playing more soccer.”When the family moved to England, his brother continued his interest in basketball, influencing Deng. He started playing at the Brixton Basketball Club. Deng eventually moved to the USA and put his skills to use, playing initially for the Chicago Bulls and now Miami Heat in the NBA.Bismack Biyombo Bismack Biyombo, born Democratic Republic of Congo, plays for Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. (Image: Mike Kalasnik, Flickr) Born in Democratic Republic of Congo, Bismack Biyombo is the eldest of seven children. His love for basketball came from his dad and uncle, both of whom played in the semi-professional first division league.When he was approached to play professionally in the Middle East, his parents were initially reluctant. But after a year of persuasion, they allowed him to do so.Draft Express, a scouting, statistics and analytics service, said: “From Qatar he went to Jordan, then to Lebanon and finally to Yemen. In total, he spent six months jet-setting around the Middle East.”Biyombo moved to Spain to play basketball, where he was spotted by Nike’s consultant of global basketball and was invited to play at the Nike Hoop Summit. He now plays for the Charlotte Hornets.Festus Ezeli Nigerian born Festus Ezeli went to the US when he was young and ended up playing for Golden State Warriors in the NBA. (Image: Warriors World)Festus Ezeli left his native Nigeria for the US when he was 14 years old to live with his uncle, sent by his parents to get a better education.Chatting to sports channel, ESPN, Ezeli admitted he did not know what he was doing when he first tried to play basketball. “Imagine someone who is 14 or 15 years old, and you’re teaching them as if they’re a six-year-old,” he said. “It was tough. Everyone was getting frustrated with me. I was getting frustrated with it. I tried playing in 2005. I stopped. I tried again in 2006. And when I had my first dunk in a summer league game in Las Vegas in 2006, that’s when I was so excited. It was so exhilarating that I started to like it.”He initially struggled to master hand-eye co-ordination. But he said the hard work had paid off – because today he played for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. “To go from where people were telling me, ‘You’re so bad, you’re terrible,’ to being able to do what I’m doing now, to where I could be playing with the best eventually, it’s an honour.”Gorgui Dieng Gorgui Dieng, from Senegal, would like to be a good role model through basketball. He plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. (Image: Africa Top Sports) Gorgui Dieng’s father – an elected official and teacher – played a big role in his life. “My dad, he taught me a lot. Because where I am from, my dad taught me how to share,” Dieng, who hails from Senegal, told US new site, WDRB.“When he was younger, every month my dad had his salary, he’d just put the money on the table like this, and people are going to make a big line because we got a lot of people don’t have enough money to take care of themselves. He always talked like, ‘I made this money. I’m not going to save it for you, I’m going to give it to people that need it. If you want to make your own money, just go work for it.’ That’s what he always told me.”And because of that Dieng said he wanted to earn his own money and become a role model too. “I want to go back home and give back,” Dieng said. “People helped me to get here to go to school and play basketball, I want to go back home and do the same thing for the kids. I don’t want to be selfish. People who helped me do what I’m doing right now, I want to go back and do the same thing for them.”He now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA.last_img read more

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Oldboy Director Park Chan-wook Shoots His Latest Film on the iPhone

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Well-known South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook has shot his latest film entirely on the iPhone 4. The 30-minute short “Paranmanjang,” Korean for “ups and downs,” is fantasy-horror film about a middle-age man who catches a woman’s body while fishing in the middle of the night. Despite some of the limitations of the iPhone camera, Park said that the device worked well for the filmmaking. The main difference, he said, was the size and portability of the “camera.” Park told The Guardian that “the new technology creates strange effects because it is new and because it is a medium the audience is used to.” The iPhone was used for all aspects of the filming process – hunting for a location, shooting auditions, making a documentary about the filming process – in addition to making the film itself. Initial reviews from today’s screening said the cinematography was “quite good, except for a little shakiness in the beginning.” The film was made in conjunction with Park’s younger brother, Park Chan-kyong and KT Corp, South Korea’s exclusive iPhone distributor. KT paid for a portion of the film’s $130,000 production costs.Park won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 with “Oldboy” and the Jury Prize in 2009 for “Thirst.”Those who doubt that the iPhone 4 can be a suitable film camera should remember some of the controversy and concern surrounding the move to digital filmmaking – and away from “film” – in the first place. (Of course, some of that concern came from the fact that one of the first high-profile movies to go digital was Star Wars Episode II, but I daresay cinematography wasn’t the problem there.) Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watterscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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AFC Cup: Maranon hattrick propels Ceres to 2nd win

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Playing on enemy ground, the Busmen also needed a stellar performance from goalkeeper Roland Muller, who produced a string of impressive saves to keep the Philippine champions ahead in the second half. The win increases Ceres’ tally to six points from two matches, ahead of Persija Jakarta of Indonesia, which has four points after a similar 3-1 win over Shan United of Myanmar early Tuesday. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOnly the top team in the group is guaranteed to make the knockout phase of Asia’s second-tier club football competition. The Busmen got the better chances early on with OJ Porteria, fresh off a brace against Shan United two weeks ago, finding Maranon unmarked in the area. The Spanish striker, however, could only head the ball straight at Bui Tan Truong. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Moments later, Stephan Schrock’s cross field ball was collected by Porteria, but Truong was alert to the danger once again. Ceres took the lead in bizarre fashion in the 26th minute. With Ceres still protesting an offside call, Truong dropped the ball to the ground only for Maranon to nick it past him and fire into an empty net. The home side came alive late in the first half with To Van Vu nearly equalising in the 41st minute when he lashed a shot wide from the edge of the area. Truong had one more save to make against the ever dangerous Maranon, who couldn’t find the back of the net from a tight angle. Showing some urgency, Becamex piled up the pressure in the second half but Maranon once again nearly had his way against the Vietnamese defense when he shot straight at Truong in the 53rd minute. ADVERTISEMENT Colombia’s female football players fight for level field Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Bienvenido Maranon. Photo from AFC Cup TwitterTHU DAU MOT – Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon bagged a hattrick as Philippine champion Ceres Negros subdued Vietnamese side Becamex Binh Duong, 3-1, to regain top spot in Group G of the AFC Cup. Maranon struck in the first half, before firing two quickfire goals late in the second half as the Busmen showed grit and character to survive a huge scare for their second straight victory at Gu Dau Stadium. ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Muller was called into action in the 65th minute, denying Brazilian striker Wander Luiz from close range. Nguyen Anh Duc also tested Muller from distance in the 69th minute. Becamex got its equalizer four minutes later when Luiz produced an acrobatic finish from close range after the Busmen failed to clear their lines. Ceres’ response however proved impressive a minute later as Schrock’s cross was flicked by substitute Maher Karic to the path of Maranon, who bundled the ball home from close range. The Spanish striker made it 3-1 in the 78th minute, getting on the end of Porteria’s deflected cutback to secure maximum points for Ceres.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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Here is your horoscope for October 15

first_imgARIESYou take charge of personal and professional situations to bring stability and order. You reassure loved ones, friends and family about your love for them. Sharing and enjoying the little joys of life is as important as achieving professional success. Lucky number 4. Colour golden yellow.TAURUSHealing energy supports you through a busy day. Redecorating, building or sport can be a passion at this point. You manage finances and business with ingenuity and success. You are preoccupied with professional affairs but also manage to attend to loved ones. Lucky number 5. Colour brown.GEMINIYou are ambitious with a practical, realistic approach that earns you success and gain. You hold your personal world together with loving care. You celebrate an event. Property matters are settled amicably. Your social life is enviable. Yoga is recommended. Lucky number 17. Colour green.CANCERMental discord and conflict melts into compromise and peace today. Contradictory aspects combine and add strength to a business or partnership. You look at truth and untruth. A balanced perspective and a loving attitude bring harmony. Watch health. Lucky number 2. Colour rose pink.LEOBusiness plans actualize as you complete old projects and take up new opportunities for expansion and growth. Relationships are rejuvenated and healed with positive and loving attitudes. The family renews bonds and unites. New beginnings are favorable today! Lucky number 7. Colour blue.VIRGOYou initiate changes that lead to endings and new beginnings. Let go restricting situations to move into a more free and creative environment. You take an honest look at truths through introspection. Some happenings need to be viewed from a higher perspective. Lucky number 13. Colour red.advertisementLIBRAFinancial gain through hard work and patience is on the cards! Your mental clarity and balanced perspective allow you to deal with many situations and projects simultaneously. Your social life can be dull as you decide to spend time by yourself. Meditate today. Lucky number 9. Colour green.SCORPIO’The Priestess’ brings positive changes and stability in relationships and business aspects after a short period of fluctuation in business, increase and decrease in finances and alternation in moods. Careful balance needs to be maintained in all aspects. Lucky number 2. Colour green.SAGITTARIUSYou retain professional power and good health after a period of opposition and strife as Yin and Yang energies are finely tuned today. You recover from illness or debility and regain strength. Wait for clarity before taking an important step. Lucky number 9. Colour turquoise.CAPRICORNYou manage business affairs with skill, capability and creativity to achieve status and repute. Family and children are able to support you, but need appreciation and love. A young man close to you is ready to embark on an independent professional journey. Lucky number 14. Colour green.AQUARIUSTen Pentacles arranged in the Tree of Life formation bring stability in your life, but need to be energized with hard work. You tend to be lazy, which can bring financial loss and a dullness of mind. You are, however, perceptive in money matters. Lucky number 10. Colour saffron.PISCESYou can expect teamwork and synergy to move projects towards success and completion. Your charisma takes you through difficult situations and to important people. You retain a position of authority in a business set up and prove your metal despite competition. Lucky number 3. Colour red.last_img read more

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