Power outages in Fort St. John and Charlie Lake amid thunderstorm

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Warriors processing LeBron James’ missed playoff appearance; Luke Walton’s coaching

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – The Warriors played as if they would rather spend their Christmas Day opening presents under the tree than competing on the court. The Lakers played eager to prove they could beat the NBA’s best and manage temporarily without LeBron James.As the Warriors labored through an eventual double-digit loss to the Lakers despite James leaving in the third …last_img read more

Are you ready for cleaner petrol?

first_img8 December 2005From the beginning of 2006, all leaded petrol will be phased out in South Africa and new octane grades introduced.Unleaded petrol has been available to South African motorists since 1996. The use of unleaded has gradually increased to comprise about 40% of total petrol sales.Lead was first introduced into petrols in the 1920s, but in recent years there has been a move away from leaded petrol. Lead in petrol contributes to urban pollution and is a health risk, particularly for young children.Lead replacementMotorists will still have the choice of two grades of petrol, although the octane grades will differ between the coast and high-altitude inland stations.Premium, or super, will be replaced with the new Lead Replacement Petrol (LRP), with an octane grade of 95 at the coast and 93 inland.Unleaded petrol will be available in 91, 93, 95 octane grades. Petrol stations are likely to sell only one grade of unleaded, with the higher octanes being used in coastal areas.Vehicle databaseAlthough most modern cars already use unleaded petrol, drivers of pre-1996 cars should check whether their cars will run on the new fuels.The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) has prepared a database where motorists can quickly look up their vehicle’s make and model to determine which fuel will be suitable. Naamsa database Most older cars should have no problem running on LRP. Cars built more than 20 years ago may need to use an additional bottled additive which will protect their engines.Pre-1996 cars in the coastal region may need to have their timing adjusted in order to run efficiently on LRP. Motorists can check whether their vehicle is affected by consulting the Naamsa database. The timing adjustment can be done at many service stations in the coastal region, and will be a free service.Petrol priceIn the inland area, where the 95 octane unleaded grade will become available for the first time, a special “demand management levy” will be introduced. Initially this grade will priced about 10c per litre higher than the 93 octane.The price for all other grades will be determined using the same method as previously.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

OPEN LETTER FROM TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

first_imgTouch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Colm Maguire has drafted an open letter to affiliated members of Touch Football Australia to address several key areas of interest and significance for all.To continue the progression Touch Football Australia has made towards a more unified approach to the delivery of the sport, a number of initiatives will be implemented in accordance with the Strategic and Operational plans of the organisation in the near future.The new direction taken is to maximize our product by ensuring we are meeting the needs of our members and optimally positioning the game to meet the immediate and future challenges in an ever-changing sporting landscape.The communication attached addresses the necessity to review affiliation fees from 1 January 2008, to explore growth initiatives, and to streamline debt collection process and policy to enable more efficient and viable practices to underpin the business operations of the organisation.Touch Football has earned a unique niche as one of Australia’s most popular participant sports for children and adults in both social and competitive spheres.As current Federation of International Touch World Champions, our success, potential, and ability to appeal to a wide cross section of the population and establish ourselves as a sport of choice is ever increasing.United, the future of our game is assured, Touch Football Australia look forward to working with you to achieve this key outcome.The New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) has been communicated with in relation to the document and will communicate directly with affiliates in New South Wales on the changes for NSWTA. Related Filesceo_letter_to_members_sept_07-pdflast_img read more

Resignation of Touch Football Australia, CEO Colm Maguire

first_img“And for this we are truly grateful to him and of course, wish him the very best in the next chapter of his professional life. Significant Achievements: “One thing canvassed at a time like this is the legacy you leave; and this measure for me is to leave something in a better position than where it was previously. I feel this has been a key success of the period. “A solid foundation has been set over the last 10 years with ambitious targets set for our next cycle and I am certain the sport will go from strength-to-strength. I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to lead a sport that has been such an important part of my life. The friendships, achievements and memories will be with me always. Related Files170426_tfa_media_release_tfa_ceo_resignation_v1-0-pdfceo_announcement_apr_2017-pdfRelated LinksCEO Resignation For Maguire, he reflected on a decade of achievements with professional and personal satisfaction.“In discussions with the Touch Football Australia Board, it was mutually agreed that the opportunity for a fresh approach was both timely and opportune. Having considered all that has been achieved, the organisation is in a great position to capitalise over the next decade, and beyond,” Maguire said. The Touch Football Australia Board of Management advised today that long-term Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Colm Maguire has resigned from the position effective 20 July, 2017. After 10 years as CEO, the Board also advised that with Maguire’s resignation the time has come for renewed direction for the sport, the organisation and particularly with the advent of the new strategic cycle to 2020.center_img “On behalf of the Board, it is with regret that we announce the departure of Colm from the Touch Football Australia leadership position after an enduring period,” she said. “The very significant contributions that he has made to the sport, the organisation, and the Board and broader team, is on par with the best sporting administrators across the country. “I thank the current Board and all previous Directors for their support and guidance as well as all staff, commercial and State partners and stakeholders for their contribution to the sport.”The position will shortly be advertised and interim management arrangements are currently in place. TFA Chair, Anita Hagarty spoke on behalf of the Board expressing her deep gratitude to Maguire for his leadership and stewardship in the role since 2007; and that he goes with the very best wishes of the Board and the organisation. Contact Garry Foran ([email protected] or Tim Arnold ([email protected]) for information on TFA business operations or through existing TFA Leadership Team on specific portfolio matters. Implemented the unified governance model for Touch Football Australia and transition to a company limited by guarantee in 2016/17.Led with Board/Executive the financial recovery of the organisation and ongoing growth to a point of $4.5 million equity and an annual turnover of approx. $9 million; new/ongoing commercial partnerships.Instigated a strong international elite calendar with New Zealand to ensure the annual delivery of a Trans-Tasman; revamped the national domestic elite program and NTL and securing/hosting 2015 World Cup.Three successive strategic cycles focused on opportunities for participation growth, improved value proposition, commercialisation / development of the sport. Participation increased to 694,000 in 2016: target of 1M – 2020.Led the development and ultimately the strategic alliance with the National Rugby League (NRL). Significant benefits have been realised for both sports through a clear focus on collaboration and partnership.Developed a leadership/team structure that will support the ongoing needs of the sport through investment in our people, including culture / behavioural framework and ‘One Voice. One Team. One Sport’ trademark. “Working closely with the TFA Board, he has overseen and administered significant reforms and a period of sustained success and legacy building. This is all you can ask of a leader and the leadership and wider team that he has steered with great skill and expertise over time.last_img read more

20 hours agoWoodward’s suddenly talking: Why it’s good for Man Utd & fans

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Woodward’s suddenly talking: Why it’s good for Man Utd & fansby Chris Beattie20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: The timing couldn’t have been worse. He’d set himself up for a right hammering. Mockery. Scorn. Take your pick. This decision from Ed Woodward to go public for the first time in his six years in charge at Manchester United was, ahem, courageous…But in the end fortune, inevitably, favoured the brave. That interview with the United We Stand fanzine. Just weeks after a lengthy and open address to shareholders. It was no PR job. If it had been, the publishing and roll out of it would not have happened over the past week. And thanks to a strong performance from the players against runaway leaders Liverpool on Sunday, there was little room for the cynics to pore over and twist Woodward’s words into another never before considered reason why United are in the state that it is.Of course a thumping at home – and to the club’s most bitter of rivals – could’ve led to a very different reaction. But it can be argued the backlash would not have been as bad as anything that flashed across Woodward’s mind.So the message to United’s vice-chairman exec should be: more of the same please. As mentioned, Woodward has said more publicly in the past month than the support have heard from him for the past six years. And the club, the fans and their relationship are better for it. After Woodward’s conference with United shareholders last month, this column encouraged him to speak more publicly. Our idea was a regular spot on the club’s in-house TV channel. But he went one better.Bypassing the media. Ducking their filter. Woodward went straight to the most valuable stakeholders of them all. And reading through the interview, it appears next to nothing was off limits.And the result is – or at least should be – a far happier supporter base and a less tense atmosphere around the club. Woodward did go into detail – deep detail – on various topics: the overhaul of the scouting team, the position of the Glazers, even the three-year scouting process of Daniel James. And fans should be examining everything carefully. Woodward was effectively giving you the blueprint of what United are now working from.Mistakes had been made. Problems had been allowed to grow, “…recruitment wasn’t at its best in recent years”. But a line’s now been drawn. The plan has been drawn up and put into action. The gist of it being, as this column’s sources have insisted since Christmas, United are going back to their roots. Their traditions.Discussing the prototype of today’s Manchester United signing, Woodward echoed the words of Dave McPherson, the former Hearts and Rangers captain, when discussing with this column the players of his era. It was about being “humble, but arrogant too”. In other words, United are rightly looking back to go forward.As Woodward said, “…we want players to come in who respect their teammates, the club, the history. They must understand that they are creating a legacy by coming to Manchester United. Nobody is bigger than the club.”There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.”Then, when you go into the dressing room, you put the red shirt on and you feel arrogant, self assured.”Essentially, Woodward was putting a bit more meat on the bones he offered shareholders – as it should be. And as much as the support can feel a little better about knowing the club’s plans; by being so open about their new approach Woodward also helps his manager in his work.Just as he did on that conference call, Woodward spelt out the reasons for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment and the board’s expectations. Which are fundamentally based around the long-term.”As Michael Carrick said in his book, you want to take the ball, you want the ball in tight spaces, you want a never-say-die spirit. Ole has brought a lot of the discipline back,” said Woodward, revealing he had actually read the recently released book of United’s assistant coach.“Whatever manager we have has to buy into that philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that. Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.” Which effectively puts paid to all that talk about Max Allegri’s English lessons. The situation around Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham. Plus any old tenuous link between United and the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann et al. The stories will be raised and floated. But they’ll also have a hollow ring to them. All thanks to Woodward’s words. Again, the club is in a better state thanks to the vice-chairman going public.This interview was a service to the support. Every United fan that reads it is better informed and has a more clear understanding of where the club wants to go. It may’ve been courageous, but it was needed.And no matter the timing or circumstances Woodward – for the good of Manchester United – needs to do more of it. last_img read more

Lawyer for accused in Amber Alert case doesnt think man would have

first_imgNORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. – A legal aid lawyer for a Saskatchewan man charged in a case that sparked an Amber Alert earlier this month says he doesn’t believe the accused would deliberately abduct a child.Bill Archer told media following 19-year-old Johnathan Ryann Gunville’s court appearance in North Battleford on Monday that he’s dealt with the accused before, and that he has mental health issues.Archer says he is still learning the details of the case but says if it was Gunville, “he stole a car, not a kid.”Police have said a six-year-old girl was in a running sport-utility vehicle when it was stolen outside a North Battleford business on Sept. 16.The SUV with the girl safe inside was found abandoned about 12 hours later in an industrial park.A bail hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, and Crown prosecutor Chris Browne said in court he was opposed to Gunville’s release.Gunville is facing charges of abduction, unlawful confinement, abandoning a child, dangerous operation of a vehicle, theft of a vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, evading police, driving while disqualified and failing to comply with a probation order.Some of the charges relate to the Sept. 16 Amber Alert. Gunville is also accused of a pair of vehicle thefts on Sept. 19 and Sept. 20.Looking fidgety when he made his court appearance, Gunville smiled as he peered out into the courtroom.Outside court, Gunville’s mother appeared distraught and wiped away tears when she spoke to reporters briefly outside the courthouse.Tammy Lavallee said her son was in a group home at one point but was evicted.She said she came to court Monday to find out if it was actually her son facing the charges, and confirmed he is dealing with some addiction issues.(BattlefordsNow)last_img read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State has defied preseason expectations in nearly every way

Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was no reason to believe Ohio State would stand a chance against Michigan State when the season began. At least, that’s what many in the college basketball world believed.But on Sunday, in a season that has continued to defy preseason expectations, the Buckeyes beat the top-ranked Spartans 80-64. Following the win, Ohio State remained in first place in the Big Ten standings with a spotless 4-0 record, and its 13-4 overall record is tied for fourth-best in the conference.No one anticipated the season would turn out the way it has for the Buckeyes. But why was that?Part of the concern was that last season was abysmal by Ohio State’s standards. Its 17-15 overall record and 7-11 Big Ten record was its worst since the 2003-04 season. When the team fell behind to opponents, it struggled to make comebacks, and it lost to opponents it held a clear advantage over teams like Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Nebraska and Rutgers, the latter of which had come in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Another avenue of concern for Ohio State was that it lost three of its five most productive players from the year prior with Marc Loving graduating, JaQuan Lyle quitting and transferring and Trevor Thompson forgoing his senior year to go to the NBA Draft. All three were in the top four for points and were regular starters.And while redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was returning from injury, his health was going to be an unknown for the team, as was his production considering he only averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while healthy in 2016-17.There also were the depth concerns. Head coach Chris Holtmann brought in three recruits — guard Musa Jallow, center Kaleb Wesson and forward Kyle Young —  as well as graduate transfer guard Andrew Dakich, all of whom were expected to be the primary bench players. It appeared Wesson would have to play plenty of minutes given the shallow depth at center, with sophomore Micah Potter the only returning center, and Dakich would spend plenty of time relieving junior C.J. Jackson, the only true point guard on the team. Many of these concerns have been alleviated to this point.Though it lost three key players, Bates-Diop and Jackson have stepped up and become the two most productive offensive players for the team, with the former emerging as a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate. Last season’s most prolific scorer, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, has continued to produce for the Buckeyes at a similar rate (12.9 points per game this season compared to 14.3 last year) while not being as heavily leaned on by the team. The freshmen trio have all played key roles for the team this season. Wesson filled in as the starter at center while Potter dealt with a lingering ankle injury, and ran away with the job, averaging 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jallow has occasionally started at shooting guard in place of redshirt senior Kam Williams. And while his offensive production is not impressive to this point, Jallow has played strong defense while on the court. While Young has not had a ton of minutes, he is an accurate shooter when he gets his chance (41.4 field-goal percentage) and has been able to eat minutes for any of the forwards or centers on the team. The result has been a team that has vastly exceeded preseason expectations. It has not lost to any team it should have and has defeated half of the top-100 opponents it has played this season, including its most recent win to then-No. 1 Michigan State.A team that entered the season ranked as the 78th-best team in the country by Ken Pomeroy now ranks No. 33 on his website. It ranks as both a top-40 offense and defense this season after ranking No. 60 in offense last year and No. 99 in defense, according to Pomeroy. The Buckeyes are currently projected to finish with a 22-9 record, 13-5 in conference play. However, they are favored to win all but three games in a game-by-game breakdown.The college basketball world had every reason to doubt Ohio State before the season. But as the season wore on and the only losses came to top-tier opponents, it began to appear Ohio State might be a better team than many expected.Now that Ohio State has upset the top team in the nation, it is fair to think the Buckeyes are better than most expected. read more

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