LVR Bombers edge Bateman to capture BC High School AA Tier II Rugby Crown

first_imgAfter the final whistle, jubilation set in for the L.V. Rogers Bombers as the Kootenay Reps captured the 2016 BC High School Boy’s AA Tier II Rugby Championship with a thrilling 13-12 victory over Fraser Valley power Robert Bateman Timberwolves Saturday at Rotary Park in Abbotsford.”The boys just raced onto the field after the whistle,” Bomber head coach Michael Joyce told The Nelson Daily during a stop on the celebratory bus ride back home.Joyce & Company had good reason to breathe a sigh of relief at full time as Bateman had a chance to win the game.Holding on to the slim lead Matt Calderone of Robert Bateman scored a try with time running out.However, with the official ready to blow the whistle to end the game, the game-winning kick attempt fell short giving LVR the Provincial title.The title the school’s first senior varsity provincial title since its boys volleyball team won a blue banner back in 1994 under the guidance of coach Rand Wayling. LVR did capture a BC Junior Boy’s Basketball crown in 2000, also going undefeated throughout the season like the 2016 Champion Rugby Team, finishing the season a perfect 15-0 with tournament titles in Red Deer and a perfect record in Kamloops. “This team had lots of heart, will and determination to win,” said Joyce, who has coached the Rugby Program at LVR for the past 10 years. “We were small in numbers but they all stuck together throughout the season.”Martin Mendez score a try and Dylan Dixon converted a penalty kick to give LVR the early 8-0 lead in the heart-stopping final played under wet, soggy conditions.However, Robert Bateman scored a late try in the first half to cut the advantage to 8-7 at halftime.Chase Gilbertson scored in the second half to give the Bombers a 13-7 lead.This is the first year for the Tier system as BC High School Rugby looked to even the playing fields for school from the Interior of the province like L.V. Rogers.The Bombers were ranked first in the eight-team field while Bateman held down the second seed.LVR opened the tournament Wednesday by bouncing D.W. Poppey of Langley 41-14. The Bombers then disposed of Hugh Roberts of Richmond 15-10 in Thursday’s semi final to advance to Saturday’s championship contest.The Bombers also took home the Most Sportsmanllike Trophy en route to the Provincial title.Eli Swan, who accepted the trophy for the Bombers, was selected winner of LVR’s Commissioner award. Swan had a standout tournament for LVR.The Fairview-based school is now putting its support behind the LVR Bombers Girl’s Soccer Team.The Bombers travel to Campbell River to compete in the BC High School Girl’s Championship Tournament beginning Thursday.last_img read more

NFL’s Dallas Cowboys top Forbes’ most valuable teams list

first_imgThe Dallas Cowboys unseated Spanish football club Real Madrid for top spot on a list of the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams, according to a Forbes poll that was dominated by NFL franchises.The value of the National Football League’s Cowboys rose 25 per cent to $4 billion compared to last year, while the value of 10-time European champions Real Madrid rose 12 per cent to $3.65 billion over the same period, Forbes said in a statement.It marks the first time since the list’s inception in 2011 that a non-football club has taken the top spot on the list.“Blockbuster TV contracts are fuelling unprecedented increases in sports team values around the globe as the average value of a top 50 franchise has doubled over the past four years,” said Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen.“The NFL is still king on TV with contracts worth nearly $7 billion annually from its media partners.”Football’s Barcelona ($3.55 billion), Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees ($3.4 billion) and Manchester United ($3.32 billion) rounded out the top five.The NFL had 27 franchises listed in the top-50 followed by European football and the National Basketball Association, who each had eight teams on the list, followed by MLB with seven.The 10 most valuable teams (in billions):1. Dallas Cowboys – $4.02. Real Madrid – $3.653. Barcelona – $3.554. New York Yankees – 3.45. Manchester United – 3.326. New England Patriots – 3.27. New York Knicks – 3.08. Washington Redskins – $2.859. New York Giants – $2.810. Los Angeles Lakers – $2.710. San Francisco 49ers – $2.7last_img read more

Kim Dy in danger of missing Japan camp

first_imgLassiter finally breaks 3-point shooting funk Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKim Kianna Dy may have the spot in the national team falling on her lap, but her studies might stand in the way.Dy, an incoming Business Management senior at La Salle, said she would have to ask permission from all her professors so she can join the Philippine team for a 17-day training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ A dream fulfilled for Christian LATEST STORIES The Japan camp, a staple for PH national team during its heydays in the late ’80s, is a requisite in making the squad competing in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Senior slated this August.“I’m very thankful (to make it to the team) but also surprised because I wasn’t even in the 18-man pool,” said Dy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

WBG Launches Youth Essay Competition Today

first_imgThe World Bank Group is to launch a Youth Essay Competition today in Monrovia on the theme, “Youth and Sustainable Development.”The objective of the contest, according to a WBG statement, is to give young Liberians between the ages of 18 and 25 the opportunity to voice their ideas and visions for their country’s development.In line with today’s itinerary, the competition will involve youth from across the 15 counties, and will take place at the World Bank Liberia Country Offices, German Embassy Compound in Congo Town.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Christmas ambush by David Granger

first_imgDear Editor,As Guyanese focused on the Christmas festivities, Retired Brigadier David Granger led an ambush on the nation’s psyche and resources. Ever since Bloomberg confirmed suspicions of unusual approaches made to selected international oil companies, there was an outcry by anti-corruption, pro-transparency persons, groups, and media outlets. At 22:30h (10:30 pm), Friday the 20th, David Granger announced that oil was flowing from the Liza 1 well-head and Guyana was an oil-producing country; Granger then decreed the 20th would henceforth be known as “National Petroleum Day”. It must be good to be the King; I know it’s terrible to be a ‘subject’.The Government informed the ‘subjects’ who were chosen to sell three million plus barrels of oil on our behalf on the 23rd, all the chastising, good advice and dire warnings were ignored and a known bad actor was engaged as our partner. The Christmas ambush did not end there, before the end of the day we learned of a compulsory acquisition order for over 123 acres, ostensibly, to facilitate the erection of a high-spam bridge over the Demerara River; no plan of the area to be utilised accompanied the order; no feasibility study was quoted for, none has been completed with regards to a high-span bridge. I can only presume the Gods of Gazettes and Acreage have again been at war with the Printer’s devil and have transformed twelve and three tenths (12.3) acres into an area well beyond what would ever possibly be required by way of the errant decimal point. However, this is APNU/AFC and there may be imaginary shopping malls at both ends of the bridge or even a small airport complete with roundabouts and runways designed by the APNU Ministry of Magic.Our day was not yet done, we had a tragi-comical statement from the Head of the Department of Energy, Dr Bynoe, who provided information that loans made to Guyana are not subject to our laws, but are in fact, available for use as the lender saw fit. I can understand this being the case with a grant that would not have to be repaid by our hard work and taxes, but a loan? I would advise Dr Bynoe to see legal counsel tout suite lest he ends up on long vacation up the Mazaruni River very soon.Editor, given the illogical moves to sell our share of profit oil not to the highest bidder, but to someone who will refine it, tell us how great it is and even sell it at their gas stations, I fully expect to see David Granger cutting a ribbon on a gas pump in Hoboken, New Jersey, early February, as the ‘first gallon’ of Liza grade gasoline hits the world market. Elections are on March 2; let us vote to see the back of Granger. No more rule by decree. Long live the Republic.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Former news anchor appointed GNBA’s CEO

first_imgFormer Guyana Television (now renamed National Communications Network), Dr Prudence Lewis-Bhola has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA).Newly-appointed CEO of GNBA, Dr Prudence Lewis-BholaThe GNBA in a statement Monday said that its governing board officially appointed Dr Lewis-Bhola effective September 26, 2016.“Possessing a wealth of experience in broadcasting for over a decade and an extensive background in private sector management, Dr Lewis-Bhola exemplifies all the requisite skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to successfully execute the mandate of the GNBA,” the statement said.Dr Lewis-Bhola currently holds a doctorate in Transformational Leadership, as well as a Bachelor of Laws and a Social Sciences Degree in Communication from the University of Guyana.The GNBA said that the new CEO is convinced that there is much to be done at this time and is eager to make a positive contribution to the GNBA and the broadcast sector as a whole.“Keenly aware of the issues and challenges of the local broadcast landscape, she is optimistic that much can be achieved from meaningful engagement and collaboration with all stakeholders in the broadcast industry,” it stated.According to the broadcast authority, Dr Lewis-Bhola has already begun strategic planning sessions with GNBA’s senior management and intends to hold consultations with broadcasters over the next two months.last_img read more

Wall Street falls back as credit worries linger despite Countrywide investment

first_imgIn late afternoon trading, the Dow fell 31.46, or 0.24 percent, to 13,204.67. Broader indexes also fell modestly. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 5.52, or 0.38 percent, at 1,458.55, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 15.53, or 0.61 percent, to 2,537.27. Bonds rose. The 10-year Treasury note’s yield fell to 4.63 percent from 4.65 percent late Wednesday. Crude oil slipped 3 cents to $69.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold dipped 30 cents to settle at $668.40 an ounce on the Nymex. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies. Though Bank of America’s move was reassuring to investors, a number of major banks and home lenders still face difficulties. On Wednesday, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. said it would close its BNC Mortgage unit and slash 1,200 jobs; HSBC Holdings PLC and Accredited Home Lenders Holding Co. also said they would eliminate jobs. “Moving up or down a little is OK because I think investors need some time to digest all the news out there, and they are still really hoping the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates,” said Neil Massa, equity trader at John Hancock Funds. “You’re not seeing the rush to sell, nor the panic buying, that we’ve had before.” The Fed’s cut last Friday of the discount rate, the interest it charges banks to borrow, did little to alleviate concern about distressed subprime mortgages and a difficult credit environment, although it did remove some of the volatility that has torn the stock market over the past month. Investors are hoping the Fed will take the more dramatic step of lowering its benchmark federal funds rate. Analysts say the markets are expected to be somewhat choppy until Wall Street gets a clearer picture about the Fed’s intentions when it meets on Sept. 18. Besides cutting its discount rate, the interest the Fed charges banks, it has pumped more liquidity into the financial system. Five banks have responded to the discount rate cut by borrowing from the Fed. Borrowing money from the central bank is usually seen as a negative action by banks, but the move was designed to bolster the financial system. The weekly Fed report on bank borrowing from what’s known as its discount window will be released after the market closes, giving more insight into other banks that have participated. The Bank of America deal, which could ultimately give the bank a 16 percent stake in Countrywide, was viewed as a sign that U.S. financial companies are willing to step in. Last week, Countrywide borrowed about $12 billion from U.S. banks to keep it going. Bank of America shares rose 11 cents to $51.76, while Countrywide rose 10 cents to $21.92, paring earlier gains. But Wall Street is still worried that commercial paper, bonds that companies sell to get quick cash, has become harder to sell. The total amount of commercial paper outstanding fell for the second week in a row to $2.042 trillion in the week ended Wednesday, down $90.2 billion from the previous week. Most of that loss was in asset-backed commercial paper, much of which is mortgage-backed. Asset-backed commercial paper fell $77.1 billion to $1.057 trillion, meaning that 6.8 percent of companies’ commercial paper couldn’t be rolled over. Declining issues narrowly outnumbered advancers on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1 billion shares. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies was down 9.95, or 1.25 percent, at 788.61. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.01 percent, Germany’s DAX index rose 0.15 percent, and France’s CAC-40 rose 0.09 percent. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei stock average closed up 2.61 percent, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose 2.77 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The market will likely be trading nervously “until we get some clarity from the Fed,” said Jim Herrick, manager and director of equity trading at Baird & Co. The Federal Reserve’s moves to ease the market’s credit concerns, including cash injections into the banking system and a lower discount lending rate to banks, have had some palliative effect on Wall Street, evidenced by the ebbing of the extreme volatility of recent weeks. But regarding the Fed’s moves and Bank of America’s investment in Countrywide “some would argue that this is a Band-Aid approach to a bigger problem … The big unknown is how widespread this problem is,” Herrick said. The Countrywide CEO’s comments “probably didn’t help” the market, he said. “They’re the biggest lender in America.” The market showed little response Thursday to policymakers’ injection of another $17.25 billion into the banking system to help boost liquidity, adding to the $41.25 billion the central bank has injected since the beginning of last week. NEW YORK – Wall Street fluctuated Thursday as ongoing anxiety about widening credit problems offset investor optimism about a $2 billion capital infusion into troubled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. The market gave up a moderate early gain, but erratic trading was to be expected given the amount of uncertainty about the credit markets, and the fact that Wall Street had a big advance Wednesday with the Dow Jones industrials rising 145 points. Bank of America Corp. announced late Wednesday it will invest the money into the nation’s largest mortgage lender to help it better weather problems with defaulting subprime loans. The investment was seen as a way to not only prop up Countrywide, but also prevent any further losses at the mortgage lender from hurting the underlying economy. Countrywide’s CEO Angelo Mozilo expressed his optimism about the deal in an interview on CNBC on Thursday, but when asked if the housing slump could cause a recession, he agreed. last_img read more

Career Costumes

first_imgacres pupils – came on campus to discuss their various careers. Nurses, real estate agents, entrepreneurs, police officers and more – the kids were treated to a smorgasbord of career possibilities awaiting them. They heard from Goodyear blimp crewman Phillip Welch, Bernie Mac’s makeup artist, Vonda Morris, and noted musician Del Atkins. “There are two ways we play this instrument, and one is with a bow,” Atkins explained as he showed a stand-up bass to a group of kindergartners. “Can you say bow?” “Booowwwww!” they all exclaimed. “It’s fantastic,” Welch, whose daughter, Haley, came as an interior designer, said of the program after his presentation. “It really makes them aware of the opportunities available to them and shows them that there are so many avenues, so many things that you can do – and that you can do it.” Strolling across the quad in a tweed skirt and matching suit jacket, fourth-grader Michaela Ryan, 9, said, “I’m an attorney this year. That’s my dream. I think I’d like it a lot because I could do special things like get innocent people out of jail.” “Last year I was a fashion designer,” she added. As Sparks, the principal, showed a guest around campus, she greeted the costumed students by name – the doctors and the ballerinas, the aspiring veterinarian and the teeny tiny astronaut in the wee white space suit. “Egypt! Where’s your costume?” she asked a boy dressed in jeans, a T-shirt, a plaid button-up and sneakers. “Uh, well, I was gonna be a detective, but ?” Egypt’s voice trailed off as he attempted to explain the wardrobe mishap that resulted in his coming on campus in street clothes. The school on all other days requires uniforms. “Well,” Sparks replied, “we’ll just call you an undercover detective, and that’ll be just fine.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Oh, her outfit is so cute, you should see it,” explained a nearby adult. “We just had some of them change for lunch so their costumes don’t get dirty.” The kids were kindergartners at Carson’s Broadacres Elementary School, which every year combines Halloween with Career Day and asks students to dress in their chosen profession. “We want to focus not on spooks and goblins, but really focus on careers and have them start thinking about what they want to do,” said Principal Barbara Sparks, who estimated the school has been doing Halloween this way more than a dozen years. “I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in fourth grade, so it’s never too young to start thinking about it.” The entire 500-student school was thinking about it last week, when some 20 adults – mostly parents of Broad- They paraded single-file, proud and bouncy, declaring their temporary identities as they passed by en route to lunch. “I’m a lawyer!” shouted a sharply dressed small fry, sporting a dark pinstriped suit and sleek black, silver-buckled loafers. “I’m a firefighter!” chimed in a little man in the tiny, shiny helmet. “I’m a Home Depot girl!” said a youngster in jeans and a pale-colored T-shirt. last_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the budget’s cut to the Single Parent Tax Credit is unfair and out-of tune with modern Ireland. Deputy Doherty said Sinn Fein is opposed to the unfair cutting of the Single Parent Tax Credit.“This is an unfair move and is out-of-tune with the needs of modern Ireland. Pearse Doherty“This move will ultimately affect the children of separated parents as one of their parents will now have less to provide for their children’s needs.“This move sends out a message to separated fathers in particular that their care- giving is not equally respected by the State. That is an unacceptable message for a government to send out and could be viewed as favouring one parent over another.“Sinn Féin will oppose this cut in the Finance Bill and I call upon Minister Noonan to look again at this proposal and to exam its impact on equality and on the children of separated parents.”    TAX CUTS UNFAIR FOR SINGLE PARENTS – DOHERTY was last modified: October 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Pearse Dohertysingle parent familiestax cutslast_img read more

Aidy Boothroyd set to be named new England Under-21s manager

first_img Aidy Boothroyd 1 Aidy Boothroyd has been confirmed as the new permanent England Under-21 manager.The former Watford boss has been in caretaker charge of the Young Lions since Gareth Southgate stepped up to replace Sam Allardyce as manager of the senior team in September.He will now lead the Young Lions to Euro 2017 this summer in Poland, where they face the hosts, holders Sweden and Slovakia. Boothroyd’s contract as a national coach at the Football Association’s technical division runs until 2020. The 45-year-old told “I am honoured to be given the task of leading England into the U21 European Championship. Having worked closely with this group of players in recent months, I know they are capable of achieving success in Poland in June.“They have learned a lot from recent tournament experiences and this summer will be the next chapter of their development as an international player.”Boothroyd helped England Under-21s qualify by winning his two Group Nine games against Kazakhstan and Bosnia & Herzegovina.He was the front-runner for the job and had previously said he did not feel he and Southgate needed to prove themselves to the governing body before Southgate’s permanent appointment to the senior side.Southgate initially replaced Allardyce after the former manager was embroiled in a Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption in football. Boothroyd was previously England Under-20s boss, having been appointed in 2014. With Boothroyd in interim charge, the Under-21s reached Poland with a 1-0 win in Kazakhstan before a 5-0 victory over Bosnia in October to top their pool.Boothroyd also last month attended the Euro 2019 qualifying draw, which pitted England against Holland, Ukraine, Scotland, Latvia and Andorra to reach the finals in Italy and San Marino.last_img read more