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List of blocked websites gets longer

first_img The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) announced today that it has ordered Internet Service Providers to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube because of blasphemous and sacrilegious content.A source close to the PTA said the order was linked to the “Draw Mohammed Day” competition on Facebook (which led to yesterday’s court order blocking Facebook) and to the fact that cartoons had been transferred from the social-networking site to YouTube. Officials said certain pages on Wikipedia and FlickR were also being blocked for similar reasons. In an apparently related move, the PTA asked the Blackberry mobile phone service to suspend Internet access.Reporters Without Borders is very concerned by the latest developments. “The censorship is spreading and we fear that Pakistan will establish a long-term Internet filtering policy,” the press freedom organisation said. “We reiterate our appeal to the authorities to a put a stop to the blocking of these websites.”The PTA said it had invited Facebook and YouTube executives to get it touch with a view to resolving the problem as quickly as possible in a spirit of respect and religious harmony.In a statement yesterday, Facebook said: “”While the content does not violate our terms, we do understand it may not be legal in some countries. In cases like this, the approach is sometimes to restrict certain content from being shown in specific countries.”————————————————————–19/05/2010 – Court orders Facebook blocked because of Mohammed cartoon competitionReporters Without Borders condemns a Lahore high court order today instructing the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block access to Facebook because of a competition on the website called “Draw Mohammed Day,” which is encouraging people to draw cartoons of the Prophet. The court is scheduled to hold a longer hearing on the case on 31 May but Reporters Without Borders urges it to rescind the order at once.“Access to Facebook must be restored,” the press freedom organisation said. “This measure is utterly disproportionate. The entire site has been blocked although just one group has upset the authorities, who have decided to apply prior censorship. This blocking penalises all of Facebook’s approximately 2.3 million users in Pakistan by depriving them of this social network’s exchange, mobilisation and information capabilities.”Satire is often used on Facebook to discuss sensitive issues but any depiction of Mohammed is forbidden by Islam. The competition’s organisers portray it as a sarcastic response to the threats received by the producers of the US animated cartoon show South Park, when they made an episode showing Mohammed in a bear’s costume. The publication of Mohammed cartoons in a Danish newspaper in 2006 sparked violent protests in many countries in which around 50 were killed, four of them in Pakistan. It was the government who initially ordered the PTA to block Facebook yesterday. Then the Islamic Lawyers Movement took the case before the Lahore high court today. The movement’s representative, Chaudry Zulfiqar Ali, said Pakistan should follow the example of China, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which have already banned Facebook.Thousands of people had supported a call for a boycott of Facebook in email and SMS messages while the Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam is calling for all western websites to be blocked. The blocking order was issued by high court judge Ejaz Chaudhry to the PTA, which conveyed the instruction to Pakistan Internet Service Providers. Wahaj-us-Siraj, the CEO of Nayatel, one of the ISPs, told Agence France-Presse this morning, before Facebook was rendered inaccessible, that: “Blocking the entire website would anger users (…) because the social networking website is so popular (…) Basically, our judges are not technically sound. They have just ordered it, but it should have been done in a better way by just blocking a particular URL or link.”Pakistan previously blocked the video-sharing website YouTube for several days in 2008 because of Mohammed cartoons. to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en News May 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 List of blocked websites gets longer January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News April 21, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News PakistanAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Saudi Aramco confirms much-anticipated IPO launch

first_imgEnding months of speculation, Saudi Aramco has confirmed the launch of its initial public offering — although the coveted $2tn valuation looks out of reach Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (Credit: Kremlin) Saudi Aramco has confirmed the launch of its long-awaited initial public offering (IPO), ending months of delay and speculation over the move to make a portion of the state-owned oil giant publicly available.The number and price of shares to be made available will be announced at the end of the book building period, although reports suggest up to 3% of the company will be offered on the Tadawul stock exchange, raising around $60bn.A prospectus for the offer will be issued on 9 November, according to the firm.The news confirms reports last week on the Al Arabiya television network that a timetable for the offering had been finalised.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has long-targeted a $2tn market valuation from the float, but it is widely expected the final valuation will fall short of this, with financial analysts suggesting a figure in the region of $1.5tn to be more likely. Saudi Aramco earned $68bn in net income in the nine months to SeptemberThe IPO is widely-expected to surpass the world’s biggest public listing to-date, in which Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba raised $25bn in 2014.Saudi Aramco earlier this year revealed itself as the world’s most profitable company, having generated $111bn in net income during 2018 – putting it well ahead of closest rival Apple in terms of annual earnings.As part of its IPO announcement, the oil firm also revealed that net income for the nine months to September stood at $68bn, on the back of $244bn in revenue.Saudi Aramco’s Khurais oil plant (Credit: Saudi Aramco)As the Saudi kingdom’s economic crown jewel, Saudi Aramco boasts unfettered access to the region’s vast crude oil reserves – and, despite the drone attacks which disrupted production in September, is currently producing close to 10 million barrels of oil per day.President and CEO Amin Nasser added: “Saudi Aramco’s vision is to be the world’s pre-eminent integrated energy and chemicals company.“Over the past three years, we were responsible for one in every eight barrels of crude oil produced globally, and our proved liquids reserves at the end of 2018 were five times larger than the combined proved liquid reserves of the five major international oil companies — ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Total and BP.“Our mission is to provide our shareholders with long-term value creation through crude oil price cycles by maintaining our pre-eminence in oil and gas production, capturing additional value across the hydrocarbon value chain and profitably growing our portfolio.“Building on our position among the world’s least carbon intense sources of crude oil, Saudi Aramco aims to grow its business sustainability by leveraging technology and innovation to lower our climate impact.“We deploy technology, with the aim of producing oil and gas ever more efficiently, reliably and sustainably.” Saudi Aramco initial public offering is centrepiece to the kingdom’s modernisation strategyA public listing of Saudi Aramco has been in the making for a number of years, as the kingdom seeks to reduce its dependence on oil and create capital for modernisation projects in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 plan.Weak oil prices throughout this year, a drone attack on two of its key facilities in September, and public opinion turning against the fossil fuel industry have all played a part in dampening investor support for the IPO.However, the Saudi kingdom has made efforts to incentivise participation in the deal – notably through the announcement of a 2020 shareholder dividend announced last month.Saudi Aramco chairman Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan said: “This is a significant milestone in the history of the company and important progress towards delivering Saudi Vision 2030 – the kingdom’s blueprint for sustained economic diversification and growth.“Since its formation, Saudi Aramco has become critical to global energy supply. Its strategy is underpinned by long-term, exclusive access to the Kingdom’s unique hydrocarbon resources, which it manages in order to optimise production and maximise long-term value.“At the same time, the company seeks to preserve the low carbon intensity of its crude oil production to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to sustainability.”An investigation by the Guardian last month revealed Saudi Aramco to have been the world’s largest producer of carbon dioxide since 1965, emitting 59.26 billion tonnes of the greenhouse gas over the period. Saudi oil giant revealed $75bn dividend to woo investorsIn a bid to encourage investors, Saudi Aramco revealed plans last month for a $75bn dividend to be paid to shareholders in 2020, as well as an ongoing “progressive growing dividend on a sustainable basis at board discretion”.A further incentive has been offered to eligible Saudi Arabian nationals taking part in the IPO, who will receive up to 100 “bonus shares” if they hold their allotted shares for at least 180 days after the first day of trading without interruption.A debut bond was issued in April, in a further move designed to inspire investor confidence, according to analysts.Many of the world’s biggest financial institutions are will be involved in facilitating the IPO, with around $450m in transaction fees expected to be up for grabs for the likes of JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and HSBC.last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Cupp Run Challenge

first_imgOne of Snowshoe’s oldest traditions, the Cupp Run Challenge, is this Monday, February 3rd. We realize this isn’t exactly on a weekend, but it’s worth checking out!The event is a giant slalom for skiers and snowboarders down the legendary (you guessed it) Cupp Run, which is 1500 vertical feet and nearly one mile in length. If you’re interested in saving a bit of time, sign up now online. Otherwise, you can register on Sunday, February 2nd, from 6:30-8:00pm in The Shavers Center, or on race day from 7:30-9:00am.The entry fee is $30 for all competitors. There are six age group categories for men and women. All participants are required to wear bibs and helmets. There will be a course inspection from 9:00-10:00am with the race starting at 10:15am right at the top of Cupp Run.There will be an awards ceremony roughly an hour after the race is over at The Connection. It should be sometime between 3:30-4:00pm.last_img read more

The Latest: Former French rugby player dies with virus

first_imgThe London-based Tennis Integrity Unit’s quarterly report says it received a total of 38 alerts from the regulated betting industry about matches on lower-level tours from the start of the year through March 22.That is up from 21 in the same period of 2019.The 38 match alerts in the year’s first quarter break down as six from the ATP Challenger Tour and 16 apiece from the men’s and women’s International Tennis Federation World Tennis Tours.The report concludes the jump indicates that entry levels of tennis “were deliberately targeted” as the sport moved toward suspension because of the outbreak of COVID-19.All pro tours are on hold until at least mid-July. Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago.Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says “we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.”___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021.Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. A 2018 financial report showed a budget of 24 million euros ($25.7 million). Associated Press The Latest: Former French rugby player dies with virus More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022.The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says 2022 will be a “bonanza for athletics fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham, England, only three days after the track worlds.The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7 and the multisport European Championship is currently slated for Aug. 11-21 in Munich. Parsons says the problem was due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered.Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening.He says “like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”He says he is dealing with 150 contracts that are games-related but adds “we have no plans to let any staff go at the moment.”___ April 8, 2020center_img CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut.The McLaren and Williams teams had already put some staff on furlough schemes. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also taken pay cuts.The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management has said it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in place of the original 22.___A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus. The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56.CONI says he is the first Italian Olympian to die with the virus.Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships.Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus.___ World Athletics has also postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. They will now open in November 2020.___Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough.” ___The players and coach on Switzerland’s national soccer team have declined to take more than 1 million Swiss francs ($1.03 million) of payments that were due from their federation in 2020.The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss soccer body millions of dollars.Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it’s a “magnificent gesture” from the players. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Former French rugby player Christophe Pras has died after getting infected by the coronavirus. Several of his former clubs announced the death. He was 35.The former under-18 France international had a short-lived professional career before going into coaching.Pras is survived by his wife and two children.___The group charged with monitoring tennis gambling and punishing corruption found a near-doubling in the number of suspect matches in the first three months of 2020. That is an increase it ties to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

NFL gets out of Roger Goodell sitdown with Barstool’s Dave Portnoy, who then calls commish a ‘coward’

first_imgPortnoy, a diehard Patriots fan, has been publicly furious with Goodell since Deflategate. His biggest power move was to have T-shirts made showing an illustration of Goodell wearing a clown nose.”He can’t be, like, the funny guy, oh, wear the clown shirt, he can’t do it,” Portnoy said Friday in his response to being rejected by the league. “He’s the least funny human of all time, he’s a yes man, he’s a puppet and he’s a coward, and this proves it.”Per SBD, the league will spread $250,000 of its own money equally among nonprofits with whom it was working during the draft-a-thon, and that a “deserving frontline worker” will replace Portnoy for the sitdown with Goodell. The report further said that Portnoy was informed his credit card would not be charged for the bid. League spokesman Brian McCarthy (per SportsBusiness Daily) said Portnoy failed a required background check, citing several incidents of trespassing at the league’s New York offices and a Super Bowl event, and posting a nude photo of Tom Brady’s two-year-old son.Portnoy, responding Friday evening from a waterway, called Goodell a “coward.”Emergency Press Conference – Goodell is a coward. Hates charity. Hates kids. pic.twitter.com/dzXW7CZ6zB— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) May 29, 2020″We knew it was going to happen. You have cowards, you have mega-cowards and then you have Roger Goodell,” Portnoy said. “Don’t let me win it and come up . . . you don’t have to do the research on me. You have a file the size of (it sounded as if he was going to say “Niagara Falls”).”MORE: Goodell put away a ton of M&Ms during work-at-home draftAs he continued to stroke his ego and his “brain,” Portnoy closed by cursing out the commish.”F— you, Roger Goodell. By the way, don’t do charities and let the guy win it who you don’t want to win it. That’s on you.” The NFL found a way to clown the guy who had Roger Goodell depicted as a clown.The league announced Friday that it is barring Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy from watching a “Monday Night Football” game with Goodell in the commissioner’s “Fan Cave,” despite Portnoy making the winning bid of $250,000 for the privilege during the league’s April Draft-A-Thon for COVID-19 relief.last_img read more

Sadness In Halls of Mother Teresa School With News of Impending…

first_imgSome Talk of Bringing the School Back, Or Going CharterBy Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Mother Teresa Regional School, a Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton elementary school, is winding down its tenth – and final –year.On Jan. 15, the diocese announced it is closing the school because of declining enrollment and financial difficulties.“The rumors have been going around for some time,” said Alton W. Drake II, president of the school’s board.There is talk of somehow rejuvenating the school – approaching the diocese to reconsider or maybe even forming a charter school, Drake said.Either option seems a dream. Talking to the diocese means talking to the entity ordering the school closed and forming a charter school is a time-consuming process that would mean the school could not reopen until at least the 2017-2018 school year.Now, the school – which has 122 students in pre-kindergarten to 8th grade – is looking to help its students find new schools and its staff to find jobs, said Principal Thomas Sorci.“Our main concern was students,” Sorci said. “We wanted to make sure the (other) Catholic schools accommodate our kids.”Mother Teresa students can transfer to Holy Cross School, Rumson; St. Leo the Great in Lincroft, and St. Mary in Middletown; St. Benedict, Holmdel; and St. James, Red Bank.Thomas Sorci, principal of Mother Teresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands, on the telephone in the school’s main office.“Some of the kids have looked at schools,” Sorci said. “Some of the families have decided where they want to go. Some have given up on Catholic education.”Area public schools are strong, so there will be positive education, Sorci said. But if the children go to public schools, they will “miss the Catholic element,” he said.Eighth grader Ryan Kennedy started at Mother Teresa in pre-kindergarten. He has never known another school. “I’m upset, I practically grew up here,” Ryan said. “Practically, this is my second family.”Next year, Ryan will attend Middletown High School South.“We’re the last graduating eighth grade class,” said Hannah Kahane, 14, who is going off to St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel.“Second is our teachers,” Sorci said. “I’ve written recommendations for every teacher that’s asked me.”“I’m so sad about it,” said art teacher Connie Jamele, 36. “I’ve worked at a lot of different schools, (but) I’ve never seen another school with that sense of community. I keep asking, ‘Is there anything I can do?’”Even the principal will be looking for work.“I have a lot of energy left,” said Sorci, 62, who assumed his post just two years ago. “I’d like to spend it in a Catholic school.”The school has a staff of about 15 full-time and 10 part-time staff, of which about three-quarters are teachers.Students and teachers looking for places to move to next year may hurt the school’s chances for a possible reopening.Kristina Pascucci, vice president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Mother Teresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands, foreground, and Liz Clayton, PTA president, set up ice cream for students in the school cafeteria. Each has two children at the school. Photo: Joseph SapiaAs Liz Clayton, 38, mother of two children at the school and its Parent-Teacher Association president, said, “I think if it doesn’t happen right away, it’s not feasible because everyone’s going to have found a new home.”And moving to another Catholic school, in this age of Catholic school mergers and closings, is no guarantee of a child completing his or her Catholic education.“Some of them (parents) have been through it before,” school secretary Kelly Condon, 47, mother of two Mother Teresa students.Mother Teresa, itself, formed as a result of five elementary schools closing: St. Agnes, which previously occupied the building; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Highlands; St. Ann, Keansburg; Holy Family, Union Beach-Hazlet; and St. Catherine Laboure, Middletown.The school, according to Sorci, generally maintained a balanced annual budget of $950,000, about one-third from tuition and about two-thirds through the support of its sponsor parishes: Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes, St. Ann, St. Catherine Laboure and Holy Family.“We’re doing our part,” Clayton said. “I feel like we worked so hard and the diocese doesn’t care.”PTA President Clayton, Kristina Pascucci, 37, and Joanna Mass, 42, all mothers of two children in the school, hope to keep their kids in a Catholic school.But the school hit its minimum ideal enrollment of 220, set by the diocese, only once, in its first school year of 2006-2007, Sorci said.A diocesan press release announcing the closing attributed it to declining enrollment and financial strains by some of the supporting parishes. Diocesan spokeswoman Rayanne Bennett said the diocese had no comment beyond the press release.Sorci attributed enrollment decline to families being financially impacted and temporarily uprooted in 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, along with the school being high-risk for closing.“There was an uncertainty, ‘Why should we put our child in a school that could close?’” Sorci said.Another problem, Sorci said, was geographic location: Raritan Bay to the north, Atlantic Ocean to the east, meaning there was not a great radius to recruit Catholic children of elementary school age.School Board President Drake, meanwhile, retains hope to keep Mother Teresa or an offshoot going.“There’s a lot of excitement about closing the door and opening another door,” Drake said. “It’s important to gather our thoughts.“We have to be tactful,” Drake said. “Everybody calm down” – and, then, maybe approach the diocese.“We’ve discussed charter,” Drake said. “That’s a possibility.”The process to form a charter school, which uses public money, must be approved by the state Department of Education. A charter school, assuming everything went smoothly, could not be put in place until at least the 2017-2018 school year, said David Saenz Jr., an education department spokesman.Off the table is forming a privately operated Catholic school because the money is not there, Drake said.National Catholic Schools Week is Sunday, Jan. 31, to Saturday, Feb. 6. – and was being celebrated at Mother Teresa.“It’s just that we’re not going to open next year,” said Sorci. “It’s sad.”last_img read more

Leafs ride hot streak of netminder Brett Soles past Border Bruins

first_imgFriday, it was sniper Colton McCarthy that made like easier for Soles.The Salmon Arm prospect scored two of his three goals before the game was 10 minutes old giving Nelson a 2-1 first period lead.McCarthy converted the hat-trick in the second with his second power play marker of the game to push the margin to 4-1.In the third Nelson padded its lead to secure the win, a league-high 21st of the season.“(The two Colton’s) McCarthy and Schell are both playing really well right now,” said Soles.“They’re both at the top of the scoring race. And when (Jacob) Boyczuk on that line it’s probably one of the best in the entire league.”Schell finished the game with three points, including two goals to continue to lead the KIJHL in scoring with 18 goals and 26 assists for 45 points.Dustin Reimer, who went toe-to-toe against Luke Jones of Grand Forks in one of the best fights in the league this season, scored the final goal for the Leafs.Connor Gross and Dakota Kittle replied for the Bruins.Nelson out shot the Bruins 30-17 in the game making it a total of 91 shots put at Grand Forks goalie Robert Dunsmuir.The Bruins were able to bounce back from Friday’s loss to edge Kimberley 5-4 in Grand Forks. The win was the fourth of the season for the improving Bruins.In a quirk in the schedule, the Leafs and Bruins do it all over again Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.Puck drop is 7 p.m.GAME NOTES: Nelson, finishing the month of November with a 10-0-0-1 record, leads the Castlegar Rebels by three points in Murdoch standings. . . .The game was the third time new assistant coach Brent Petrick has been behind the Leaf bench. The former Nelson Minor Hockey and Kootenay Ice skipper joined the Leafs staff after former assistant Stuart Linnen was forced to leave the team due to work commitments . . . . Major Midget goalie Adam Maida served as back-up to Soles after playing Thursday night in Grand Forks. Maida was called up after Cody Boeckman was called up to the Trail Smokies after the BCHL club lost a goalie for the weekend due to injury. . . The night was a success for the Salvation Army Food Bank, which accumulated more items for its shelves on Vernon Street. . . . The Kootenay Wildcats were also on hand raising funds for a trip to a major girl’s hockey tournament in Saskatchewan. . . .During the second period fans were treated to a T-shirt giveaway by Mallard’s Source for Sports. The local sports store used a T-shirt launcher to fire the prized items into the stands. Brett Soles doesn’t like to be called the “guaranteed win” goalie.But the Cranbrook native seems to be a prime candidate for the title after registering his 12th win against no losses Friday night as the Nelson Leafs dumped the feisty Grand Forks Border Bruins 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.Not only did Soles hit the magic dozen mark but the Leafs also won its fourth straight to take a three-point lead in the hotly contested Murdoch Division.“It’s going good . . . but I wouldn’t say “guarantee” every game,” the mild-mannered Soles said after Friday’s win.“We’re battling every game. I don’t want to be cocky and say we’re going to win every game,” adds the 17-year-old netminder.“We battling every game and just happen to be coming out on the right end right now.”Soles arrived on the scene with little fanfare.After seeing more shots than a rifle range last season with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League, the Leaf rookie made his mark early as he and teammate Cody Boeckman quickly unseated returning goalie Patrick Defoe for the team’s two goaltending positions.Slotted into the goaltending rotation, the 5’11”, 165 backstop has put together quite a remarkable season with 12 wins, a 2.00 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.“I don’t know . . . the boys always help me out a lot,” said Soles when asked about the streak.“I keep them in the games and other times they keep me in it. Right now I’ve always been able to come out on top which has been good.”last_img read more

Saints add another piece to defending BCIHL Champions

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints added some toughness to the blueline following the announcment that David Mead of Conklin, NY has inked a playing commitment to join the defending B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champions in September.The 20-year old Mead joins the Saints following a long junior hockey career that concluded with the North American Hockey League’s Wenatchee Wild in the spring.“David is a big, rugged defenceman who is going to bring a great deal of experience and leadership to our blueline,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois in a statement.“He also adds a physical dimension that we’ve looked to fill during our offseason recruiting. From everything I’ve heard from his previous coach in Wenatchee, David is a high-character individual and a popular teammate. I’m looking forward to him stepping in and playing a key role for our team next season.” Mead began his junior career in 2008 with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.He spent two seasons with the Greyhounds, posting six assists and 68 penalty minutes in 88 regular season games. He went on to spend the 2010/11 and 2011/12 campaigns in the United States Hockey League with the Omaha Lancers and Fargo Force respectively.Last season in Wenatchee with the Wild, Mead helped to the team to a Western Division championship and a birth in the league’s Robertson Cup Championship.In 49 games with the Wild, Mead scored three goals and accumulated 10 points and 154 penalty minutes while serving as one of the team’s assistant captains.Overall, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound blueliner totaled four goals, 15 assists and 305 penalty minutes over five seasons of junior hockey in the OHL, USHL and NAHL.Mead plans to study a mix of Business Administration and Golf Course Management once at Selkirk.“I’m really looking forward to joining a well-established hockey program and helping to continue the commitment to excellence the Saints have established,” said Mead, who describes himself as a physical, stay-at-home defenceman with good vision and some offensive flair ‘that shows up from time to time’.“I’m excited for the opportunity to get a great education from a college with a hands-on curriculum. On the ice, I’d like to help the team win another BCIHL championship while providing leadership and a team-first attitude.” Mead is the fifth defenceman and 10th player overall to commit to the Saints for the 2013/14 season. He joins forwards Darnell Dyck (Langley, BCHL), Markus McCrea (Youngstown, USHL) and Garrett Kucher (Osoyoos, KIJHL), blueliners Stefan Gonzales (Aldergrove, PJHL), Arie Postmus (Beaver Valley, KIJHL), Ryan Procyshyn (Delta, PJHL) and Tanner Lenting (North Delta, PJHL) and goaltenders Myles Hovdebo (LaRonge, SJHL) and Aaron Oakley (Abbotsford, PJHL).last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report – Back to the Water

first_imgWell the weather wasn’t very cooperative this past month and just when people thought spring was on the horizon, Mother Nature rudely surprised everyone.  So, in saying that, we did’t get out as much as planned during February, but still managed some good fishing.But there’s always March. So here’s the news right from the source at the Kootenay Lake Fishing Report.Kootenay Lake: The main body of Kootenay Lake was slower fishing than normal.  Although, the cooler water temperatures usually slow things down for February and March.  We did about a dozen trips throughout the month and had some mixed results. Most days were yielding a couple fish, but some of the trips did manage to hook into half a dozen or more.  Slow trolling was the key.  Rainbows from 2 – 4 pounds and Bull Trout from 3 – 14 pounds were caught during the month of February.  There is even reports of an unconfirmed 20 + pounder caught at the south end of the lake.  So, there’s still some fish around. We have been exploring the west arm of the lake a bit more lately and it has produced some good fish.  Lots of nice Kokanee being caught on the weekends down in the lower west arm, and some pretty nice Bull Trout being caught throughout the arm.  Our biggest Bull lately was a fat 14 pounder.  But most fish averaged between 5 – 10 pounds. Looking forward to the weather finally starting to warm up and hopefully the fish will follow suit.Arrow Lake: We spent a few days on the Lower Arrow Lake lately and were rewarded with some pretty nice fish.  As per usual fishing in February, the action has been slow, but the fish have been big.  So, thats a fair trade off. Rainbows up to 12 pounds and Bull Trout up to 15 pounds have been coming in lately.  It seems to be more productive than Kootenay right now.  But that can change in a month. We will continue to monitor both lakes and keep you posted.Columbia River: We even managed a few trips on the river when the weather allowed.  As usual the river produced some nice Rainbows.  Each time out we managed to hook into 10 or more fish and they are really starting to fatten up. Rainbows up to 6 pounds have been caught lately and I expect to see some even bigger ones throughout March and April.  These are our favourite months to fish the river in the spring. Lately the river levels have dropped to the lowest I’ve seen this season.  This has exposed lots of gravel bars and created some great riffles, so it should be some pretty good fly fishing right now. Streamers and nymphs are in order for this time of year. Looking forward to some sunny days ahead.Duncan Lake: Nothing to report as of yet, although fishing should be good if you can get in to it.  I did make a trip up there to check out the launch last week.  However with the latest snowfalls, it was unusable for larger boats.  I’ll be up there later this week and will report back.  Stay tuned.Kootenays Rivers: It’s Bull Trout season on our favorite Kootenay Rivers and Tributaries.  The weather hasn’t allowed us much opportunity yet, but starting this week we will be frequenting the rivers and hope to have lots to report. Stay tuned…………What are they biting on??? My favourite plugs and spoons have been working well on the Bull Trout.  On Kootenay we have been trolling with flashers and Gibbs Delta G-Force spoons mainly.  And on the Arrow, it has been more of the Lyman and Tomic plugs that have worked best. The river has been producing some nice fish on the usual 3-way rig.  Fished off the bottom with bait seems to be working best.  My favourite presentation is always the old Steelhead technique of drift fishing with bait.  A bait caster or centerpin reel have been working best for us.What else is new? It has been a busy couple months for us.  Trade shows and video producing.  It was great meeting everyone at the Denver Colorado Sportsmens Show and the latest BC Boat & Sportsmens Show.  We will be setting up a booth at the BC Interior Sportsmens Show next month in Kelowna April 7-9.  Stop by and say hi if you’re in the area. And finally, with a little down time this past month, we have created a couple great videos to share with everyone.  Make sure to check out our latest tutorial about using planer boards  as well as our latest promo on the river. Here’s hoping Spring is here… Tight lines…………………..Kerry Reed Reel Adventures 250-505-4963www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

SANTA ANITA TO PLAY HOST TO 22ND ANNUAL SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN/WALK ON APRIL 9

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2016)–On Saturday, April 9, the 22nd annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5k run/walk will kick off a world-class day of racing at Santa Anita. Organizer expect to have over 6,000 runners and walkers enjoy one of Southern California’s most picturesque and unique courses that include a romp through the LA Arboretum, followed by a tunnel into Santa Anita’s manicured Infield and a photo finish captured on the Infield big screen.A race with a rich history of 22 years can expect to attract a wide swath of followers over the years. Always a crowd favorite with the runners, walkers and racing fans, Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza will be leading the way through the LA Arboretum. (Chantal Sutherland Kruse has been a perennial favorite in the jockey’s division for years).A very unique aspect to this year’s race will be the 150-plus participants over the age of 70. Yes, over the age of 70. Included in that herd of runners and walkers will be a very special 93-year-old resident of Azusa, Margaret Davis.At the feisty age of 92, Davis won her age group in 2015 with a blazing time of 45:56 for 5k, averaging 14:46 per mile. Davis barely missed the American Age group record despite a challenging finish on the dirt track.This year’s elite field of runners will include members of Pasadena’s “Run with US,” running club, including Mark Bartres (29:24 10K PR), Rosario Castenada (18:12 5k PR) and Natalie Miano (17:37 5k PR).The event has experienced a steady growth since its inception, due to the personal passion of Santa Anita’s Special Projects Director, Pete Siberell. This enthusiasm has been embraced by a team of fabulous sponsors, including Methodist Hospital, which expects to field a team of over 300 employees, friends and family. Westfield Santa Anita, the LA Arboretum, Yoobi, Run with US and Saucony will all be represented as well.Registration is available online at derbyday5k.com, at Westfield Santa Anita on Friday, April 8, or the day of the event at Santa Anita’s Gate 3, starting at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call Kinane Events at (760) 434-5255, or email [email protected]last_img read more