By Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports Listening to head coach Chris Shaw after the weekend most would think the month on the calendar is August and not April. “I couldn’t be happier. . .. This (camp) has definitely exceeded my expectations,” said Shaw after the Nelson Prospect’s Camp ending Sunday at the NDCC Arena. “The quality of players attending our camp was truly just as good as the Junior A camps I’ve gone to scout which speaks highly of the City of Nelson and the hockey people here.” The camp by the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise, attracting 80 players from throughout the province, mirrors what many Junior A franchises hold to get an early look at the talent level. Shaw had some veterans attend the three-day camp along with invited minor hockey stars from as young at 14 years of age and major midget players. The camp was divided into four teams, playing a round robin format, which allowed coaches to gauge first hand the progress of the players. “The biggest surprise, I’d say, is the young 14 year old players or 96ers from Nelson,” Shaw explained. “They’re some great kids coming up like Colton Dachwitz, Tyler Podgorenko. I was really impressed with them.” Of course, the real reason for the Leafs hosting the camp was to, first see the players in action, but secondly, to begin dialogue with the future Leaf players. “I got to see some players I didn’t know about before this camp and at the end of the day I saw the potential six, seven or eight players that have the skill to be in a Leaf uniform next season,” explained Shaw. Shaw realizes the goal for most players at the camp is to find a spot on a B.C. Junior Hockey League team. But to those players unable to make the grade there’s always a spot in Nelson. “The first goal should be Junior A, and that what I want for all the players but I’ll keep tabs on them and if things don’t work out I’ll give them every opportunity to play for our team.” LEAF BANTER: Next up for the Leafs is the team AGM in May. The team is also hosting a hockey school July 25-29 at the NDCC Arena. . .The KIJHL AGM is set for a Watermark Resort June 17-19 in Osoyoos.firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping SFA to its second-straight 2-0 start, Harris was 18-of-31 (.581) from the field and nailed half of his 14 three-point attempts. He hiked his career point total to 1,342, which is the 14th-highest in program history. The ‘Jacks continue their four-game homestand to begin the 2019-20 campaign against Niagara at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and versus Drexel at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Honorable Mention: T.J. Atwood, Lamar; Hayden Koval, Central Arkansas; Dexter McClanahan, Nicholls; Payten Ricks, Abilene Christian. FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin guard Kevon Harris is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Harris averaged a league-high 25 points per game through the opening week of contests and grabbed 7.5 rebounds a game in a pair of wins to tip off the ‘Jacks season. SFA opened the year with a 79-60 win over LeTourneau and followed it up with a 94-64 drubbing of North Carolina Central, the largest home win by the ‘Jacks in their last 22 games at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin – Senior – Guard – Ellenwood, Ga.Harris opened his final season in a ‘Jacks uniform with an 18-point outing against LeTourneau, converting 50 percent of his shots from both inside and beyond the arc. He tallied eight rebounds, including a pair on offense, and dished out two assists. After shaking off the cobwebs in the season opener, Harris exploded for 32 points against North Carolina Central, the fifth 30-point outing of his career. He set a career high with 12 field-goals made on 19 attempts to go with seven rebounds. Harris’ five made threes marked the most in a game since Feb. 24, 2018. Southland Conference Week Two Release (PDF)
Champs WI now third in T20s DUBAI, UAE, CMC – West Indies have slumped to third spot in the International Cricket Council’s Twenty20 rankings, just a month after emphatically winning the Twenty20 World Cup in India. They have been bizarrely overtaken by New Zealand who bowed out to losing finalists England at the semi-final stage of the recent tournament. The Black Caps are now 10 points clear of West Indies at the top of the standings on 132 points, after leaping from third place and overtaking both India and the Caribbean side. Following their four-wicket victory over England in the T20 World Cup final at Eden Gardens on April 3, West Indies had vaulted into second spot, just one point behind India who topped the rankings with 126 points. New Zealand were third on 120 points. Since then, however, New Zealand have gained 12 points without playing a single game, while the second placed India have gained three and West Indies, in contrast, have lost three points. According to the ICC, the West Indies suffered from the fact the points from the 2012-13 season, which included those from their maiden T20 World Cup triumph in Sri Lanka, have now been dropped. Lara: Return of Bravo, Pollard vital for Tri-Nations PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC Batting legend Brian Lara wants to see the return of the likes of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, for next month’s Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa. Both players have been overlooked by selectors for One-Day Internationals since the controversial abandoned limited overs tour of India two years ago but Lara said having them involved in Twenty20 Internationals alone, was a backward step. “In terms of the Tri-Nations, I think it’s going to be a pretty exciting Tri-Nations series,” the former West Indies captain said. “And hopefully we can have the likes of Pollard and Bravo some guys who have not played that form of the game [recently] back in the team because they are integral of any West Indies team. “Just to have them for the T20 version I think is doing a disservice to West Indies cricket.” Renegades open to Gayle’s return MELBOURNE, Australia, CMC Melbourne Renegades have hinted they are not opposed to re-signing superstar West Indies opener Chris Gayle for the new Big Bash season, despite his now infamous “don’t blush baby” controversy. The development follows the announcement from Cricket Australia’s chief executive, James Sutherland, who said recently cricket authorities here would not prohibit Gayle from a return to the glitzy Twenty20 showpiece. Gayle sparked a firestorm of controversy earlier this year when he appeared to openly flirt with Channel TEN report Mel McLaughlin during a live television interview, during a game against Hobart Hurricanes. However, despite a US$10,000 fine from Renegades, a verbal censure from Cricket Australia and widespread calls for a Big Bash ban, Renegades head coach David Saker said he was unaware of any move to prevent Gayle’s return.
Fifty-four journalists from 28 African countries, who were visiting Morocco to assess the level of preparation the country has made for the upcoming global conference on climate change (COP 22), were astounded by the country’s ambitious renewable energy program. Being highly impressed after top Moroccan government officials, including the Ministers of Interior and Agriculture and Fisheries drilled them with the level of progress that that country is making to address the issues of climate change, the journalists were fortunate to pay a visit to Morocco’s gigantic solar energy plant—known as Noor-Ouarzazate.Renewable energy, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro-electric and biomass—provides substantial benefits for the climate, health, and economy.But before we explore the Moroccan program, let it be established that renewable energy is one of the best ways to mitigate the huge impact of climate change. Many will ask how does this happen?First of all energy sources have an impact on our environment, but it is no secret that fossil fuels — coal, oil, natural gas and even charcoal in the Liberian context — do substantially more harm than renewable energy sources by most measures. Fossil fuels cause air and water pollution, damage to public health, wildlife and habitat loss, and effect water use, land use, and generate emissions that contribute to global warming.Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other global warming emissions, which trap heat, steadily drive up the planet’s temperature, and create significant and harmful impacts on our health, our environment, and our climate.For example, one of the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gas, the United States’ electricity production, accounts for more than one-third of its global warming emissions, with the majority generated by coal-fired power plants. This approximately produces 25 percent of total U.S. global warming emissions and natural gas-fired power plants produce 6 percent of total emissions. In contrast, most renewable energy sources produce little to no global warming emissions.It is in this regard that Morocco embarked on constructing the world’s largest renewable energy program (wind, solar and hydroelectric combined) while also boasting the construction of Noor-Ouarzazate, the largest solar energy plant in the world when completed.The Moroccan government is keen on increasing renewable energy production. Renewable energy, the officials said, represented 0.4% of the national energy balance (excluding biomass) and nearly 10% of electricity production in 2007. This has doubled significantly over the years. Renewable energy is supported by strong hydropower sources and the newly-installed wind energy parks (147 MW installed and 975 MW under deployment). Morocco plans a $13 billion expansion of wind, solar and hydroelectric power generation capacity and associated infrastructure that should see the country get 42% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. In November 2009 Morocco announced the ambitious Noor-Ouarzazate solar energy project worth $9 billion which officials say will account for 38-45 percent of Morocco’s installed power generation by 2020. Funding for the project is from a mix of private and state capital. The ceremony was attended by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Moroccan king, Mohammed, VI. The project will involve five solar power generation sites across Morocco and will produce 2,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020. It will add in terms of power generation the equivalent of the current electricity consumption of the country’s commercial capital, Casablanca. As a net energy importer, Morocco launched the National Renewable Energy and Efficiency Plan in February 2008 to develop alternative energy to meet 15% of its domestic needs and increase the use of energy-saving methods. The plan is expected to create more than 40,000 jobs and stimulate over €4.5bn in investment by 2020. The National Plan for the Development of Solar Thermal Energy, formulated in 2001, aimed to install 440,000 solar-powered water heaters of which 235,000 was completed in 2012. The Moroccan government plans to produce 40% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.Many initiatives are dedicated to renewable energy such as solar power plants, pumping stations, hydraulic turbines, waste recycling, water pumps, sea water desalination, air conditioning and solar water heaters. Renewable energy is also the focus of many economic and social programs, as in the case of rural electrification, where individual photovoltaic solar systems account for 7% of energy production.Two years ago, the World Bank approved the “Noor-Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Project—initially commencing as a US$159 million solar energy development project. The financing was intended to expand development of a Moroccan solar energy complex with the goal of increasing the complex’s energy production. By October 2014, the complex carried a 160 megawatt capacity. Project planners hope to grow that capacity to 350 megawatts.The country had earlier in 2009 announced it would produce 2 Gigs of solar capacity by 2020; subsequently launching the Noor-Ouarzazate. Five solar power stations are currently under construction. The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), a public-private venture, has been established to lead the project. MASEN has invited expressions of interest in the design, construction, operation, maintenance and financing of the first of the five planned solar power stations, the 500-megawatt plant in the southern town of Ouarzazate. The first plant was commissioned in 2014, and the entire project will be commissioned in 2019. Once completed, the solar project will provide 18% of Morocco’s annual electricity generation, a tour guard told the journalists.Morocco is also the only African country to have a power cable link to Europe, which aims to benefit from the €400bn (US$573.8bn) expected to come from the ambitious pan-continental Desertec Industrial Initiative based in Europe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President David Granger has outlined the importance of defence cooperation in not only augmenting the military capability of small states, but in strengthening their capacities to deal with natural disasters and other humanitarian crises, and in conducting peace-keeping exercises.The Guyanese Head of State believes that strong defence cooperation can serve to deter aggression, promote respect for international law, improve the defence capabilities of smaller states, strengthen regional integration, and confront non-state threats.President David GrangerSpeaking at a forum on Continental Security Cooperation in South America, which focused specifically on the changes and challenges in the 21st century, at the Paulo Nogueira Batista Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brazil during his State visit yesterday, the President said the devastation that the world has seen during the recent hurricane season in the region has exposed the need for the creation of a platform for small states to be able to respond to such crises.He explained that there have been instances when there has been complete breakdown in law and order after a natural disaster.“I just ask that consideration be given, not only to situations where there (are) armed conflicts, but to situations of natural catastrophes in which disorder could follow,” he said.President Granger said small states have limited resources and some of the same serious problems faced by larger states, and must rely on multilateral cooperation.“The security of South American states, particularly small states with limited military capability, is best guaranteed through a multilateral system, which as a form of functional cooperation can strengthen peace-promotion norms by encouraging greater respect for principles which promote peace and deter aggression; such as the peaceful settlement of disputes, the prohibition on the use of force or the threat of the use of force, and respect for international treaties and agreements,” President Granger is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.He spoke of the South American Defence Council, which has not yet reached the stage of providing collective security. This body was established in Brazil with the aim of ensuring peace and security in the continent.“The South American Defence Council is an idea whose time has come. The Council has not yet graduated towards providing collective security. The Council as a defence community, however, can use diplomatic suasion and peace-keeping initiatives as a means of deterring interstate conflict, including conflicts between states of asymmetrical capabilities,” he told the diplomats, ambassadors and foreign service officers gathered.Importantly, too, he said, defence cooperation can lay the foundation for the creation of a continent-wide collective security mechanism that would deter internal interstate conflict. In this regard, he noted that Brazil has already played a significant role in conceiving the Council, and must now move to make it operational.The continent looks forward, with Brazil’s partnership, to the invigoration of the South American Defence Council as a vehicle for peace and security in South America…South America must be preserved as a zone of peace. The South American Defence Council, by promoting defence cooperation, can reduce threats, build trust, and graduate towards the eventual goal of continental collective security,” President Granger said.After his presentation, the President fielded questions from the audience. When asked about the measures Guyana and Brazil can take to tackle transnational organised crime, he said that given the Guyana-Brazil border is over 1300 kilometres long, it is extremely difficult for security forces in Guyana to police the entire area. This makes it easy for criminals to conduct nefarious activities such as trafficking in arms, narco-trafficking, people smuggling, and even illegal mining. In this regard, he called on the Brazilian authorities to deepen cooperation in the areas of joint surveillance and sharing of intelligence.“There has to be sharing of information; there has to be cooperation among the security forces. They may not threaten the state, but they may create local disorder. They can take over zones and use those zones for platforms for narco-trafficking. They can create airstrips for planes to land, and this has happened in my country… Transnational crime could become big if it is not stopped when it is small, and it is the duty of the states and the intelligence agencies and security forces to prevent them from degenerating,” President Granger said.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, and Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Audrey Waddell, were also present at the forum.
Noise nuisance management…says businesses will sufferThe Public Security Ministry’s efforts to clamp down on noise nuisance across the country by restricting the rights of businesses to play music has led to some serious concerns regarding whether this will be a fair process.President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, told Guyana Times that while he is not against this move, law enforcement officials should discharge their responsibilities in all fairness.“If people are breaking the law (by) playing music to an unacceptable level of loudness, and are causing discomfort to the neighbours and people in the surrounding periphery, the Police have to enforce what the law is. What I’m hoping for is that whenever this does happen, it happens in an even manner, and not an uneven manner. If we’re going to enforce something, do it across the board. If we’re going to do it, I’m hoping that the Police, when they have to enforce a law,A push cart music vendor earning his living at the Stabroek Marketthey do it across the board,” Indar noted.Since the campaign commenced on Thursday, a few prominent businesses have been left with no choice but to cease operations until the next day. The GCCI President insists that if these enterprises are operating for lesser hours, their incomes could be negatively impacted.He explained, “If businesses are accustomed to opening at a certain number of hours to bring in revenue, and that number becomes shortened, it will obviously impact the business in a negative way. It will affect business, because if businesses get closed down for some reason or the other, it will affect consumption and it will affect the business community”.Indar further stated that the 02:00h curfew that was established for businesses would have already affected many establishments, forcing some to close their doors because of various reasons. He indicated that concerns were raised about some being targeted while some have been given the preferential treatment.“The 2 a.m. curfew had an impact on businesses, and some of them had to close down. My complaint to the Police at that time was that they were implementing the law or enforcing the law unevenly. Some people were being targeted and closing down at that time, while some were getting off with it.”Junior Vice President of the GCCI, Timothy Tucker, had questioned the rationale of the Police when undertaking measures to ensure that the curfew is enforced. He said many GCCI members feel there is a double standard where enforcement is concerned.“The observation of some of the members is that it’s not being done across the board; they feel there’s a double standard – that their bars are being shut down while others are not being shut down just outside of Georgetown,” Tucker was quoted as saying.Meanwhile, Owner of Seeta’s Bar, Seeta Gosahai, explained that Police officers had visited her place business place on Station Street last Thursday evening, and she had been forced to close earlier that the normal time.She asserted that only her establishment had been targeted, and other establishments where music was being played louder continued playing their music late into the night.“One of them in the street does play louder than me, and they didn’t stop them. They pass all the bars in the street and come straight to me. If they doing a campaign, it supposed to be all over,” Gosahai said.The distraught business owner claimed she was subjected to closing her bar early in the afternoon, and would do so for the coming days. This has put a pressure on her since expenditures are to be paid.“We can’t do business now; look how much workers we have! We gotta pay GRA, rates and tax, and for the parapet now for City Council.”On Thursday, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan posited that revoking the licences of some music operators is being looked at.“We want to take the profit out of this illegal activity, and that means we must start after going through the procedures, ensuring that we can revoke some of the licences of these bars that play loud music, or the (carts) selling their video and their tape recordings…or the cars of people,” Ramjattan stated.While he said the Police should target unlicensed operators, a majority of licensed businesses reportedly were visited by Police ranks. Push cart vendors have also protested against this move, since their livelihoods would be wiped out entirely. Market
Students in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) between the ages of six to 18 years can now benefit from free reading and robotics training with the recent launch of a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme at the Linden library. The initiative which was made possible by STEM Guyana is expected to be a continuous programme that is being hosted under the theme, “Build your way to Success”. It also provides an opportunity for Grade Six students to access an application which allows them to access past examination papers. Speaking at the launch of the programme, Co-Founder of STEM Guyana, Karen Abrams, who is also facilitating the initiative, urged residents to take full advantage of it.“…It is a chance for everyone to develop some skills that will prepare them for the future. It is very important that you participate and that you come every week and that you play a role in helping to develop yourself and your community”, Abrams said. She added that with maximum participation, the programme will be even more successful.Senior in-charge of the Linden Library, Potoni Henry also encouraged parents to allow their children to participate in the programme.“If you come out in your numbers we will put pressure on STEM. What they will have to do is supply us with the robots, supply us with kits and once the demand is there we know we are going to get the business community, the corporate [businesses] to get involved”, she noted.Classes are being hosted on Saturdays and supervised by trained STEM facilitators.
…says local banks should be given 1st option to acquire operationsThe sale of Scotiabank’s operations in Guyana to Republic Bank should not be allowed, according to former Presidential Advisor, economist Ramon Gaskin.Gaskin believes that the sale to Republic Bank would only allow that banking institution to dominate the local banking sector in Guyana, which could be unhealthy for the financial sector.The Trinidad-based Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) said it had entered into an agreement to acquire Scotiabank’s banking operations in nine Caribbean countries.Former Presidential Advisor and economist Ramon GaskinIt said banks being acquired were located in Guyana, St Maarten, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.Further, the purchase price is US$123 million, which represents US$25 million consideration for total shareholding of Scotiabank Anguilla Limited; and a premium of US$98 million over net asset value for operations in the remaining eight countries.Gaskin said, “I think that this proposed sale of Scotiabank in Guyana to Republic Bank should not be allowed by the Government of Guyana and the Governor of the Central Bank.”The outspoken economist told Guyana Times that before Scotiabank ventured into any arrangement with Republic Bank, it should have consulted with the Government.“Now that is putting the Government and the Governor in an awkward position of opposing it and all of that. I think they erred in not consulting with the appropriate authority before getting into it and it shows a lack of respect in my opinion to the authorities here,” he said.Gaskin further added that the Central Bank and the Governor of the Central Bank must bear in mind that many deposits and savings for the Guyanese people remain with Scotiabank. “I look to the Governor to take actions that are appropriate, necessary and urgent to put people to ensure that the savings of Guyanese people are secured,” he advised.But more importantly, Gaskin believes since Scotiabank wants to exit the Guyanese market, there should be an option for local entities to acquire the banking operations.“They shouldn’t sell to any foreign bank. There isn’t any reason why the local Guyanese business people can’t get together and take it over from them. They can build a Guyanese bank with developmental features to help finance agriculture and small business.”Local banksAccording to him, this could be done in partnership with the Government and/or with a foreign bank, with the local bankers having a majority.He noted that Republic Bank’s acquisition of the Guyana National Cooperative Bank and Guyana Agricultural Bank back in the 1990s helped hugely to build the bank to its current state.However, he was persistent in his recommendation that Republic Bank should not be the only bank that should be given priority to acquire the local Scotiabank operations.The Antigua and Barbuda Government has taken a similar stance and said that it was “deeply disappointed” that Scotiabank would decide to sell its operations “without any form of consultation” with the regulators or the Finance Minister of that island nation.The Guyana Government, on the other hand, has said the agreement “raises a number of issues for the banking sector in Guyana and for the public which the Finance Ministry, the Bank of Guyana and the Government of Guyana will need to carefully consider”.The Ministry in a statement said that “this move is not Guyana-specific and is part of a region-wide refocusing by Scotiabank” and that it has also taken note of the statement by RFHL that the agreement is “subject to all regulatory approvals”.It posited that the Financial Institutions Act (FIA) has clear stipulations regarding “acquisition of control” and requires approval of the Bank of Guyana following the submission of an application and due diligence being conducted.“Further the FIA addresses as well the issue of ‘fundamental changes’ as it relates to mergers and transfer of assets or liabilities. The agreement raises a number of issues for the banking sector in Guyana and for the public which the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Guyana and the Government of Guyana will need to carefully consider,” the Finance Ministry said.The Ministry stated that these include Republic Bank currently holding 35.4 per cent of the banking system’s assets and 36.8 per cent of deposits, which the acquisition would increase to 51 per cent of both assets and deposits. “This raises concerns about an over-concentration of banking services, market domination and the ‘too big to fail’ risks,” the Ministry said.It added that it would also have to take into consideration “the effect on competition and the potential for Republic Bank to have too much influence on pricing of banking products and rates.”
The Adult Multi-Sport League will be taking place from April 3 to May 1, and May 9 to June 13, 2019.For more information, and to register, you can email email@example.com. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John Recreation is opening registration for the Adult Multi-Sport League.According to Recreation, each week participants will be divided into teams and play a new sport.Sports featured in this program will include soccer, dodgeball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, and more.- Advertisement -Pre-registration is required for this program for just $25.00 per person.Participants will be supplied with a schedule and rules before the first week of play.All you need to bring is indoor shoes and a water bottle.Advertisement
Noble Court’s left front shoe didn’t come off until he got to the winner’s circle, but Sadler thought it must have loosened during the race, run in 1:23.12 on a surface labeled “wet-fast” after overnight rain. “You don’t want to say this, but I thought he’d run a little bit better today,” Sadler said. “I’m mollified by the fact he was able to win on a track he didn’t seem to like.” The Long Beach-born Sadler said Noble Court, now 2 for 4 for an owners group led by Arcadia’s Chris Atkinson, would race next in the March 17 San Felipe Stakes. Exhale, Sadler’s top contender for the May 5 Kentucky Derby, is aiming for the March 3 Robert B. Lewis. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3616 Noble Court – whose sire Doneraile Court is by Seattle Slew (1977) and dam Grey Dawn Grey is by Grindstone (1996) – was ridden by Corey Nakatani and paid $3.60. Law Breaker was second by a neck, long shot Half Famous third in a 7-furlong sprint reduced to five horses when Major Pleasure was withdrawn early and Hurry Up Austin scratched at the gate after his left hind shoe came loose. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ARCADIA – Noble Court lost a shoe on a damp track but gained traction on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The grandson of two Derby winners dug in and held off Law Breaker to take the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday, adding to trainer John Sadler’s hopes for the Triple Crown races.