Skate-a-thon a big hit for Nelson Figure Skating Club

first_img“The kids love the dress-up component, and everyone enjoys the music,” said in-coming club President Christine DeFouw “The skate-a-thon is a great team building event for our club.”Skaters embraced the spirit of disco, this year’s theme, which inspired a number of afros as well as handle-bar moustaches, flare pants, knee high socks and glitter eye shadow.Held every April, skaters gather pledges to skate as many laps as possible on one hour.The annual award ceremony followed the skate-a-thon. The club handed out awards to individual skaters ranging from most improved to most Skate Canada tests levels passed, to best costume.The Family Showcase , dubbed “Around The World” concludes the club’s 2012/13 for the Nelson Figure Skating Club.For more info and to see photos and video from the Skate-a-thon, visit The Nelson Figure Skating raised more than $1800 during its annual Skate-a-thon at the NDCC Arena.The skate-a-thon is a precursor to the Family Showcase, set for Saturday, May 4 from 2-3 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Lussick set to depart Sea Eagles nest

first_imgThe 193cm prop is into the third season of a three-year deal with the Sea Eagles and has several offers in front of him.Reports surfaced on ABC Grandstand on Saturday that the Super League was a possible destination for the 27-year-old forward as a lucrative deal had been tabled by an unnamed club.Manly confirmed to on Sunday that no release had been given to Lussick.The club also stressed the Beacon Hills Bears junior was not leaving because of the salary cap issues that the NRL integrity unit has been examining.But the club would not stand in his way if Lussick received a good offer.NRL Signings Tracker: All confirmed player movesA final report into alleged breaches, which Manly has responded to with its own version of events, is due to be released by the NRL on Monday.The results of that report could affect whether Lussick takes any further part in the 2018 competition, or whether he moves on mid-season to another club.This is Lussick’s second stint at Manly. He played two seasons (2011-12) before three years with the Parramatta Eels.  He then returned to the Sea Eagles in 2016.He suffered a high ankle sprain in the opening set of Manly’s trial against the Cronulla Sharks in February but has not made it back to the starting side as yet.If Lussick did leave the club in the coming weeks, Manly still have depth with Lloyd Perrett, Shaun Lane and Taniela Paseka already backing up their regular starters, Kiwis internationals Martin Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake.last_img read more

‘Our Children Deserve the Best’, Says Deputy Education Minister Goll-Kotchi

first_imgDeputy Education Minister for Administration, Hawah Goll-Kotchi has called on authorities of privately-owned or faith-based schools in the country to invest in the infrastructures employ well qualified teachers and administrators to make the education sector vibrant.She said that owners of these institutions of learning should not cut corners and settle for anything short of improving the system, “because Liberian children deserve the best of education.”Madam Kotchi made the statement over the weekend at program marking observance of the tenth anniversary of the O’Nance International Christian School located at 72nd Junction, near the S.K.D. Boulevard in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. The ceremony was held on the theme, “Making the Difference in the Liberian Education System in the 21st Century.”According to her, proprietors of those privately-owned and faith-based institutions of learning need to work with the central government and other public institutions to deliver quality teaching to the youthful population.“We must closely follow the school calendar, and the national curriculum to observe all the policies put in place by the Ministry of Education (MOE),” Deputy Minister Kotchi instructed.She disclosed that authorities at the MOE were now working with the Civil Services Agency (CSA) to vet and verify teachers including those assigned at the central offices.“As a private entity,” Minister Kotchi said, managers of private schools operating in the country should do their best by instituting measures that would improve the education sector.The Deputy Minister however said, the MOE was trying to bring into the Liberian school system and central office staffers with formal training to update the system.In another development, the principal of O’Nance International Christian School, Abraham Kipi has informed parents and guardians that some of their children were fully on the path of attaining quality education in the school as they were fully up to the tasks.According to him, the students have grouped themselves into doing additional academic study involving the study in journalism.Mr. Kipi however described the practice of journalism in the country as one of the challenging professions, which according to him the students are prepared for the future challenges. He acknowledged that the institution was working with the parents to ensure that the students achieve the highest standards of academic performance in the school.“Although we are Christian school, we accept all students irrespective of religious affiliation and orientations.”The O’Nance International Christian School was founded in 2004, primarily to buttress government efforts in providing sound education to students towards reducing the illiteracy rate in the country.As a Christian institution, the mission of the institution also includes instilling Christian disciplines in students during their educational journey.Before attaining it present secondary level, in 2004, classes started in a rented dwelling building, which was later partitioned into classrooms that accommodated the huge enrollment at the time.On account of this, parents of students who were promoted beyond the schools level at the beginning requested the school management to add higher classes in order to continue their study in the school.However, seen the need for expansion, management purchased a parcel of land within the vicinity of the existing facility, and commenced construction of what is now a multi-million dollar modern school complex.The school has been transformed into three storey building that hosts all the classes from primarily to secondary levels.The school was founded and is owned by Aaron J. Wheagar, Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC). It is fully registered and accredited by authorities at the MOE as a private institution—a process that was completed in 2005.The school has six administrative staff include the principal, vice principal, dean of student affairs and four coordinators.It current enrollment is well over 450 with the male students constituting about 240, while female is 225.The O’Nance International Christian School operates with the vision to ensure that nurtures academic excellence, develops Christian character and promotes responsibility in all the students.The mission is to become God-fearing Christian School that seeks to create a positive environment that motivates students to achieve excellence in learning as they prepare to contribute to their communities and nation in the future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FIFA Admits Bribes Paid for Votes in Bids for 1998 and 2010 World Cups

first_imgWorld football’s battered and bruised governing body FIFA has started a fightback in the corruption crisis by attempting to recoup tens of millions of dollars in damages.FIFA, in its position as a ‘victimized institution’ robbed by crooked football officials, put in an official Request for Restitution to the US Attorney’s office in New York looking to reclaim over $28million for starters.They are chasing the return of the salaries, expenses and bonuses from those 41 ‘corrupt’ FIFA members and other football officials during their tenure in Zurich as well as the huge legal fees involved in cleaning up the organization.The figure could rise to over $100m as the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities plus FIFA’s own-in house probe uncover more wrong-doing.FIFA also wants compensation from those accused for the damages their illegal actions have caused to FIFA’s brand, reputation and business relationships.Those named in the documents include some of FIFA’s biggest rogues such as Jack Warner, Chuck Blazer and Jeffrey Webb plus Warner’s sons Daryan and Daryll.The Request papers also see FIFA admit for the first time that South Africa’s $10m payment to Warner and Blazer was a bribe for World Cup votes in 2010.Also enclosed in the file bound for the Brooklyn office of UA Attorney General Loretta Lynch are media reports of former CONCACAF President Webb, once regarded as Sepp Blatter’s heir apparent, staging a lavish champagne party for his wife’s 40th birthday at his Georgian mansion – bought with ill-gotten FIFA money also used to install a swimming pool – while on house arrest there.Legal sources close to FIFA are confident their move will be successful.FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: “The convicted defendants abused the positions of trust they held at FIFA and other international football organizations and caused serious and lasting damage to FIFA, its member associations and the football community.”The 22-page request states: “Over many years the Defendants grossly abused positions of trust to enrich themselves while causing significant harm to FIFA including huge financial loses.“The damage done by the defendants’ greed cannot be overstated. Their actions have deeply tarnished the FIFA brand. They did violence to FIFA’s principles.“They looked to ways to line their own pockets and siphon off opportunities. They sold the power of their positions taking bribes and kickbacks in return for selling valuable marketing rights.”In the most damning admission yet about the scale of FIFA’s corruption culture, the report said: ‘It is now apparent that multiple members of FIFA ExCo abused their positions and sold their votes on multiple occasions.’Accused are Warner and son Daryan plus Blazer who all ‘engineered’ a $10m payment from the South Africans. Warner, who is still fighting extradition to the US from his Trinidad home, also accepted a bribe for his 1998 World Cup vote from the Moroccan bid committee.And it’s claimed after Warner resigned all his football positions in 2011, Webb picked up where Warner left in taking bribes and kickbacks for World Cup qualifying TV rights .Infantino added: “The defendants diverted this money not just from FIFA, but from players, coaches and fans worldwide. These dollars were meant to build football fields, not mansions and pools; to buy football kits, not jewelry and cars and to fund youth players and coach development, not to underwrite lavish lifestyles for football and sports marketing executives.“When FIFA recovers this money, it will be directed back to its original purpose: for the benefit and development of international football.’”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City takes new approach for urban reserve funding

first_imgAn urban reserve could take different forms. The Doig River First Nation could either acquire land within city boundaries or it could acquire land outside the city, with the city then extending its boundaries to incorporate the reserve.Either way, the plan would be for the aboriginal community to contribute financially to the city and, in turn, receive the benefits of some of its services. The City of Fort St. John is hoping to finally receive either provincial or federal funding for its work in negotiating an urban reserve with the Doig River First Nation.The Doig River first nation has already received funding from senior levels of government to conduct its own research into the possibility of implementing an urban reserve. However, the City was told that the reason it did not receive funding is because it did not have a comprehensive work plan outlining land selection and a service agreement.- Advertisement -The City says a work plan has now been developed and on Monday, City Council passed a motion to send the plan to the Province along with a funding request.Although Mayor Bruce Lantz had told back in February that Fort St. John residents would not have to pay for anything to do with the reserve itself, he added that the problem had been coming up with the necessary funding to properly research the reserve.The City has set aside $40,000 in its 2011 proposed operating budget for the project. However, the City also says that if it receives funding from either the provincial or federal government, that money would decrease how much the City would pay.Back in August, the City and the Doig River First Nation signed the first memorandum of understanding in the Peace River Region, which was expected to help kick-start the planning process for an urban reserve.Advertisementlast_img read more

Saudi Arabia wants to hike oil production

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia wants to increase its oil production so it can meet domestic and international demand while ensuring “fair” world prices, King Abdullah said Saturday. Now pumping just more than 11million barrels a day, the kingdom is the world’s largest oil producer and the biggest supplier of petroleum to the United States. The king did not say how much Saudi Arabia might increase production, but it has repeatedly said it was prepared to do so. In May2006, Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi spoke of raising output to 12.5million barrels a day by 2009. Abdullah said the kingdom was “seeking to increase its oil production capacity so that it can meet its commitments for national growth and the demands of the international economies.” OPEC has cut production twice in the past five months, contributing to relative stability that has kept benchmark crude between $50 and $60 a barrel – down from the record highs of above $78 a barrel last summer, but still around 40percent above 2004 levels. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tevez expected back in China after treatment

first_imgHis poor form and repeated absences have seen Shanghai fans turn on the Argentina international, raising questions over whether he would return after treatment.Tevez has helped fuel the doubts after previously criticising the standard of Chinese football and hinting he might look for a move.“No one ever said he would leave,” a Shanghai spokesman told AFP.“After this Saturday’s game we will have a short break and the whole team will be off until August 28.”Argentine striker Carlos Tevez poses with a jersey of his new club Shanghai Shenhua during a press conference in Shanghai, on January 21, 2017 © AFP/FileThe CSL, which is more than halfway through the season with Shanghai in the bottom half of the table under Uruguayan coach Gus Poyet, pauses from this weekend until September 8.The break, and Tevez’s apparent injury problems, meant it was a good opportunity for him to seek rehabilitation back in Argentina and the decision to let him go was made after discussions between the player and the Shenhua’s medical team, the club said.Tevez, who has a history of falling out with clubs and coaches during an itinerant career that has included spells at Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus, was due to be back in China by August 30, the spokesman said.Nicknamed “Apache”, Tevez fell out with his Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini when he refused to warm up as a substitute in the last moments of a Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September 2011.Tevez flew back to Argentina and considered retiring, before eventually returning to England in February 2012.He enraged Shanghai supporters in April when he was spotted at Disneyland the same day he missed an important match due to injury.Poyet has also faced calls to be sacked or quit and Shenhua — missing Tevez — were smashed 5-0 at the weekend.But they returned to action on Tuesday in the Chinese Cup and, with Tevez out of the country, beat second-tier Shanghai Shenxin 1-0 at home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Shanghai Shenhua’s Carlos Tevez, one of the best-paid players in the world on reported weekly wages of around €730,000, has scored just twice since joining the Chinese Super League (CSL) club in January © AFP/FileSHANGHAI, China, Aug 16 – Shanghai Shenhua denied suggestions that Carlos Tevez’s career in China was over and said Wednesday they expected him to return after the Argentine went home for treatment on a muscle injury.The 33-year-old forward, one of the best-paid players in the world on reported weekly wages of around 730,000 euros ($850,000), has scored just twice since joining the Chinese Super League (CSL) club in January from Boca Juniors and has missed half of this season’s games with injury.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, December 4

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Sevilla are monitoring Juan Mata’s situation at Manchester United – with a view to making a January move for him. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal and Manchester United target Lucas Silva has taken a step closer to a Real Madrid move after admitting “it would be a dream come true” to sign for the European champions. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool have leapt to the front of the queue for Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard after he flew in for signing talks. The youngster dubbed ‘the new Messi’ was given a guided VIP tour of the training ground and the city after landing on Merseyside and the Reds are hopeful of sorting a deal. (The Sun)Tottenham are lining up a cash plus Roberto Soldado offer to beat Liverpool to the signing of Porto ace Jackson Martinez. (Metro)Liverpool players have given unequivocal support to Steven Gerrard extending his Anfield career, with Rickie Lambert urging the captain to remain a one-club man “for the rest of his life” and Jordan Henderson admitting his departure would be “a massive loss” to the squad. (Guardian)Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland and Aston Villa are set to be among those interested in Italy striker Giampaolo Pazzini, whose name is being touted around by AC Milan for a loan spell in January. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest headlines…Premier League trio in three-way race for Besiktas midfielderShaun Wright-Phillips could join brother Bradley in America after QPR contract endsMan United blow! Target pours cold water on transfer speculationTottenham target Sampdoria striker but face fight with NapoliLook out Arsenal! Spurs enter race for Gunners’ midfield targetBoost for Arsenal and Man City? Juventus star’s contract talks break downNo approach for Man United and Man City target, claims Monaco chiefArsenal transfer report: Gunners linked with £31m swoop for Serie A starExclusive – Tottenham must spend MORE to help youngsters, claims SherwoodExclusive – Balotelli is making a ‘mockery’ of Liverpool, claims former Reds starExclusive – Ince backs Gerrard to continue at the top level but issues warning to Liverpool captainExclusive – Van Gaal has given Fellaini his belief back, says former Man United starlast_img read more

Celtic 2-0 Stjarnan: The Bhoys kick off Champions League qualifying with easy victory

first_imggetty Celtic’s Champions League journey began with a comfortable 2-0 qualifying win over Icelandic outfit Stjarnan at Parkhead.Three good chances were spurned before debutant defender Dedryck Boyata headed home from a corner on 44 minutes.Stefan Johansen then tucked home Stuart Armstrong’s clever cut-back.Celtic had the chance to make it 3-0 following the award of a penalty when Johansen was felled in the box. Johansen made to take the kick but second-half substitute Leigh Griffiths, nominated penalty taker, grabbed the ball from him before having his shot saved by former Motherwell keeper Gunnar Neilsen.It brought back memories of the Scottish League Cup final win against Dundee United at Hampden in March when James Forrest and John Guidetti argued over a penalty before the former’s spot-kick was easily saved by Dundee United keeper Rado Cierzniak, although the Hoops still triumphed.The return game in Iceland next week should be a formality for Ronny Deila’s side, who will face tougher challenges if they are to reach the group stages. There’s something particularly special about Celtic Park’s atmosphere on a Champions League night center_img 1last_img read more